8 April 1917 – Bombers blunted

The German bombing formation which has been terrorising British forces on the Salonika Front today attacked Yanesh railhead and its vicinity, but inflicted little damage.

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Franklin Geoffrey Saunders

Aircraft from 17 and 47 Squadron RFC took off to intercept in their BE12s. Captain Franklin Geoffrey Saunders was wounded while attacking the formation but got back to the aerodrome. One of the German bombers a Friedrichshafener was hit by anti-aircraft gun-fire.

Two other pilots forced one of the German aeroplanes, a Friedrichshafen GII, which had been damaged by anti-aircraft gun-fire, to land near the aerodrome at Snevche: the crew of three, two officers and one mechanic, were taken prisoner.

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