15 May 1917 – Balloon Busting

IMG_0997Two FE2ds from 20 Squadron were sent off to attack a German balloon near Quesnay aroun 0700 this morning – Lieutenant E J Grout and 2nd Class Air Mechanic A Tyrrell in A6446, and Lieutenant Arthur Norbury Solly 2nd Class Air Mechanic C Beminster.

They were attacked by seven enemy aircraft from Jasta 30. Both crews claimed to have driven down an enemy aircraft, though no losses were subsequently reported.

Grout and Tyrrell (were shot down and taken prisoner by Leutnant Joachim von Bertrab.

Solly and Beminster managed to get away and also forced the balloon to be hauled down and the observer to bail out.

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