24 April 1916 – Kut relief failing

The situation at Kut has become more desperate. The commanding officer General Townsend has requested 5000lb of stores a day After dropping 3350lb of supplies on the first day (15 April), the aircraft have not been able to keep up this level of supply.

Things are only likely to get worse as German fighters began to attack the RFC relief aeroplanes today. This has forced each flight to be escorted by another aircraft with an observer and Lewis gun, reducing further the number of runs that can be carried out.

An attempt to relieve Kut by ship also failed this evening when the Steamer Julnar attempted to run the Turkish blockade. Her screw, however fouled a chain which the Turks had stretched across the river and she was captured.


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