31 March 1916 – 21 and 25 Squadrons suffer first casualties

21 and 25 Squadrons RFC both suffered their first casualties today.

Denys Ware

Flight Commander Captain Denys Ware of 21 Squadron was wounded when his aeroplane, RE7 (2290), was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft was set on fire but Ware was able to nurse it back over friendly territory before crash landing.

Ware is one of the original pilots who flew to France at the outbreak of war with 5 Squadron RFC, having gained his flying certificate on 29 October 1912.

Also wounded was Captain Henry Segrave of 25 Squadron RFC when his FE2b (6342) piloted by Lieutenant Norris was attacked by a Fokker over Gheluwe. Seagrave was wounded in the leg, but the aircraft only suffered minor damage and they returned to base.

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