17 July 1916 – Economic Warfare in Bulgaria

At the end of May 1916 a flight of aircraft from 2 Wing RNAS based at Imbros had been sent to Thasos Island off the Greek coast in support of operations on the Salonika Front. The Flight consisted of three Henri Farmans, one Nieuport, and two Bristol Scouts. These were briefly joined by a flight of French aircraft but these were withdrawn at the beginning of July and replaced by a seaplane unit which had previously been based at Stavros on the Greek mainland.

The unit has spent most of its time carrying out primitive economic warfare by bombing missions to southern Bulgaria. The aim is to destroy ripening crops with incendiary bombs. Many fires were started and patches of crops have been burnt, but it is doubtful whether the results obtained are really justified by the risks involved and undoubtedly the aircraft could be better used elsewhere.


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