25 April 1917 – Bombing Bogdanci

This afternoon on the Salonika Front, eight BE2c’s from 17 Squadron RFC, with an escort of six fighters, set out to bomb supply dumps at Bogdanci.

As the British formation crossed over the lines, they met the German bomber squadron Kampfgeschwader 1 coming in the other direction to make their own raid. An immediate dogfight ensued in which one Friedrichshafener eventually crashed and was destroyed by fire.

Lieutenant George Amyas Radcliffe was also shot down in flames and killed in his BE2c during the fight. The flight commander, Captain Frank Hudson, reported that he had been only 50 yards away when he saw a Fokker on Radcliffe’s tail.

Despite this, British aircraft was able to disperse the German formation which returned back over the lines without completing its mission. 17 Squadron went on to complete its bombing mission, returning home without further casualties.


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