14 February 1916 – Air Raid On Milan

Far away from the Western Front, Austria and Italy are also at war. In a change from attacking military targets or carrying out reconnaissance, the Austrians today targeted the Porta Volta Power Station in Milan. The mission was carried out by 12 Lohner BVII two seaters who flew the 118 miles from their base at Gardalo in South Tyrol.

The Austrians were met by a barrage of Anti-Aircraft fire and attacks by Italian planes. Despite the supposed target, six civilians were killed as bombs fell on the city.

The Austrians also claim to have shot down an Italian Cauldron aircraft but this is denied by the Italians.

A Lohner B VII


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