18 March 1917 – Double Voss

Werner Voss claimed a double today. This morning he attacked a BE2e (5748) with Captain Charles Holland and 2nd Lieutenant Archibald Cecil Heaven from 8 Squadron on board. Holland was wounded and Heaven was forced to fly the plane back to the lines where he force-landed. He then dragged Holland into a shell hole until they were rescued. Heaven was awarded the Military Cross for bravery.

Later in the day, around 1750 he attacked Captain Guy Stafford Thorne and 2nd Lieutenant Phillip Edward Hislop Van Baerle from 13 Squadron in their BE2d (5770) on a reconnaissance patrol over Fampoux. They crash landed and were taken prisoner, though Thorne died shortly afterwards of his injuries.

Guy Stafford Thorne

Also killed today were 2nd Lieutenant John Thwaytes and 2nd Lieutenant Gerald Hugh Temple Bourne from 4 Squadron. who failed to return from an artillery patrol. It is believed they were hit by AA fire and the aircraft destroyed.

In return, Lieutenant  James Dacres Belgrave & Lieutenant Francis George Truscott from 45 Squadron claimed to have shot down a two-seater in flames north-east of Ploegsteert Wood at 1630.


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