26 April 1916 – Kut nears the end

German fighters are finally having some success in preventing airdrops of supplies into Kut. Today, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Cecil Bell Gasson RNAS and Archibald Cecil Thouless RFC were shot down in their Short 184 (8044). Gasson was taken prisoner but Thouless was kiled in the crash.

Later in the day, Lieutenant Donald Alastair Leslie Davidson was wounded and his BE2c was damaged following an attack by a Fokker. He was able to fly back to the aerodrome.

The shortage of aircraft has also led to three out of four Maurice Farmans which had arrived at Basra from England being flown up to the front

The situation is now desperate for the defenders and Major-General Townshend, under instructions has opened negotiations about surrendering.

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