18 November 1916 – Whetnall lost

Arthur John Whetnall

Arthur John Whetnall

2 Wing RNAS has benemy operating from Thanos In the Aegean Sea in support of operations on the Salonika Front carrying out bombing and reconnaissance missions over Bulgaria.

Meetings with enemy aircraft have been relatively rare, but today Flight Sub-Lieutenant Arthur John Whetnall was unlucky to run into one while on patrol in his Nieuport 11 (3979).

His opponent was Leutnant Rudolf  von Eschwege from FAb 66, who is the only German fighter pilot in the area. He arrived in October 1916 and has been patrolling the area guarding the Bulgarian 10th Aegean Division.

Rudolf von Eschwege

Rudolf von Eshewege

The two met over Drama in Greece, and von Eschwege was victorious shooting down Whetnall, who was killed. This is von Eschwege’s first confirmed victory, though he claims another aircraft shot down on 25 October.


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