2 May 1917 – G&W

Out on the Salonika Front, 47 Squadron RFC and the RNAS have been cooperating to carry out reconnaissance and artillery spotting of Turkish positions.

Today a combined mission by a Sopwith Strutter (9748), with Flight Sub-Lieutenant Holbrook Lance Gaskell and 2nd Lieutenant James Watt from 47 Squadron came to grief.

Their aircraft was hit repeatedly by Turkish anti-aircraft fire. Gaskell attempted to fly back to the aerodrome but on the way back, one of the wings folded. The aircraft plummeted from 5000 feet and crashed. Both men were killed.


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