Today brought another British attack in the Passchendaele area, which went ahead as a means of assisting the French, despite heavy rains and poor weather. Because of this very little flying was even attempted, except in the immediate battle area where the risk was considered to be worthwhile.
Various squadrons carried out artillery spotting, ground attack, and contact patrol work. Three squadrons bore the brunt of the work. 9 Squadron RFC, kept a close eye in the movements of the infantry and assisted in the prevention of German counter-attacks. This was costly, as three of their RE8s were shot down. 2nd Lieutenant Ian Ure MacMurchy and 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Thomas Brasington in A3663 were shot down by Oberleutnant Bruno Loerzer from Jasta 26. 2nd Lieutenant William Gilbert Craven Hackman and 2nd Lieutenant George Frank Sogno were also shot down by an unknown enemy aircraft and crash landed at 23 Squadron’s aerodrome. Both were wounded but Sogno later died of his wounds. Captain Richard Hilton and 2nd Lieutenant Arthur James Dashwood Torry MC were also shot down. Hilton was unharmed but Torry was killed.
57 Squadron RFC carried out seven reconnaissances behind the German lines and bombed the village of Staden to prevent build up of German they returned without loss.
1 Squadron RFC got into a couple of combats. Around 1300, a patrol ran into nine enemy fighters. Lieutenant Guy Borthwick Moore shot down one and Lieutenant William Wendell Rogers claimed another out of control. However, 2nd Lieutenant Martin Alfred Peacock in Nieuport 23 B3577 was shot down and taken prisoner by Leutnant Franz Muller from Jasta 11.
Another 1 Squadron patrol attacked five Enemy aircraft which were pursuing two RE8s. 2nd Lieutenant Harry Gosford Reeves fired a drum into one from close range and it burst into flames and fell out of control and the pilot was seen to fall out before it crashed. 2nd Lieutenant Robert Alexander Birkbeck attacked one of the other machines and shot the pilot, after which the enemy scout went down out of control with the engine full on. Another scout passed in front of him and after manoeuvring for position the German machine was shot down in flames and in this also the pilot seen to fall out. 2nd Lt Francis George Baker shot down another German machine which turned over and over, falling out of control.
However during this combat, Captain William Victor Trevor Rooper in Nieuport 27 B6767 was shot down by Leutnant Xavier Dannhuber from Jasta 26 and force landed near Polygon Wood. Rooper was injured in the crash and later died of his injuries.