6 April 1917 – The Night Trippers

Overnight, 100 Squadron carried out its first night-time bombing with its specially equipped FE2b’s. The target was Douai aerodrome, the home of Manfred Von Richthofen’s Jasta 11.

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An FE2b about to take off on a night mission

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Aubrey Rickards

100 Squadron attacked the aerodrome twice during the night and destroyed four hangars without causing any casualties. The cost was high, as 2Lt Aubrey Robert Marswell Rickards and 2nd Class Air Mechanic EW Barnes in FE2b 7714 failed to return as they crashed behind enemy lines and were taken prisoner.IMG_0913

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