21 October 1916 – Raid on Haubourdin


Rupert Ernest Neve

Rupert Ernest Neve

16 and 25 Squadrons carried out a raid on Haubourdin station, south-west of Lille. In all they dropped 52 bombs on the station. The raid was fiercely opposed however, and aircraft from 40 Squadron RFC engaged the defenders. A large dogfight ensued during which three German aeroplanes were shot down without loss.

Captain Thomas George Mapplebeck shot down a Roland D. It was observed crashing into a wood near Ascq. 2nd Lieutenant Rupert Ernest Neve also shot down a Roland D out of control.

Lieutenant George Curson Osbert Usborne attacked an enemy aircraft which stalled, side-slipped, nose-dived and fell vertically, emitting a large volume of black smoke.


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