9 January 1916 – Near miss

Poor weather continues to hinder flying on the Western Front. Similar weather conditions prevailed in England where 21 Squadron RFC were preparing for the front. A short break in the clouds enabled some to get up for some practice time in their new RE7s.

However the weather soon turned, leaving them in a vulnerable spot. Observer Billy Bishop described his flight:

“A dense mist closed in and we ran for home, only being able to see about
200 yards in front of us. Suddenly another machine appeared, heading straight for us. Oh Lord, I was scared; I thought we were gone. But he dived and we zoomed, and we missed [each other] by a few feet. I’m shaking yet.”

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