5 July 1916 – Heavy losses

Yesterday and today have been plagued by poor weather on the western front. Low clouds, rain and thunderstorms have made flying all but impossible, though a few aircraft were able to get up this evening.

The casualties in the air are of course miniscule compared to those on the ground, but nevertheless the RFC has suffered significant losses over the first three days of the offensive with 24 aircraft lost and 39 crew members killed or missing.

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