7 March 1917 – A bridge at Sumaika

Out in Mesopotamia 30 Squadron RFC today attempted to cut the railway north of Baghdad in order to prevent the enemy from evacuating his guns and military stores towards Samarra.

Lieutenants John Stephen Windsor and Robert Kay Morris flew two officers of the Royal
Engineers, carrying charges of dynamite, to a bridge at Sumaika, forty miles north of Baghdad.

They landed safely near the bridge, but Arab horsemen appeared before the engineers could reach the structure. They quickly realized that the charges of explosive they carried would be insufficient to destroy the bridge, which was made of reinforced concrete, and the Arabs riding down on them there wasn’t much chance of reaching the bridge in any case. They therefore rushed back to the aeroplanes, which got safely into the air. The two pilots then scattered the party of Arabs with machine-gun fire.


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