9 July 1917 – German torpedo attacks on ships

This afternoon a formation of five German seaplanes attacked a convoy of 16 ships between the Sunk and the Shipwash Light Vessels. Three ships were targeted with torpedoes, but there were no hits.

In the evening two torpedoes were fired at another convoy east of Southwold, again without success.

One of these, the SS Haslingden, shot down one of the seaplanes with her twelve-pounder gun. A second German seaplane landed alongside and rescued the crew, but with the extra load could not get off the water again and eventually surrendered to an armed trawler.

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