3 January 1916 – Fire

Flying has been curtailed for the last few days due to high winds. 12 Squadron RFC have been twiddling their thumbs at T Omer but today got a bit of unexpected action when the bomb store on the aerodrome, containing around 2000 bombs caught fire at around 3pm today.

The squadron CO, Major Cyril Newall, assisted by Air Mechanic Alfred Simms, poured water into the shed through a hole made by the flames. He then opened the store and with Air Mechanics Henry Hearne, Harrie Harwood and Simms entered the building and put out the flames. Most of the wooden cases containing the bombs are burned, and some of them are charred to a cinder.
The crew then spent the next hour rolling red-hot bombs out of harm’s way.

The fire was eventually contained with no casualties.


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