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paul.pengelly

Whilst looking through masses of war diaries came across this snippet which stood out for its oddness .

 

From Assistant Director Medical Services -1st Canadian Division-War Diary

 

26/10/1915 -...A German aeroplane was brought down between our 1st and 2nd line of trenches and observer ,a Lieutenant in Veld  Flugeralton Wing 33 brought into No 3 Field Ambulance Dressing Station with slight wound to head,the pilot killed by plane turning over after hitting the ground.Both young 17 to 18 years of age.

 

27/10/1915-...On the captured German aeroplane was a Colt Machine Gun which belonged to 14th Canadian Battalion and was lost at Ypres in April.The aeroplane fell in trenches occupied by 14 th  Battalion.

 

 

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Biggles

Great story, very interesting indeed.  Any more oddities like that?

Thanks for sharing.

 

Cheerio,

Caleb

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topgun1918

From my series of posts on the other Forum:

 

TUESDAY, 26 OCTOBER 1915

 

General headquarters, Oct. 27th.

 

"OUR flying officers brought down two German aeroplanes yesterday, one falling in our lines and the other close behind the enemy's front trenches."

 

Hostile Aircraft:

 

Capt Robert Loraine & Lieut Eric Fox Pitt Lubbock, 5 Sqn, FB5 5459, Albatros C captured Sh28.U.13.a.5.6 [Rossignol] at 09:30/10:30 - on a fighting patrol near Houthem, observed two German machines approaching from the east.  Half a drum was fired into the first machine as it attacked and it went down almost vertically, followed by the Vickers; Lorraine fired the remainder of the drum and the EA crashed to earth and turned completely over at Square U.13.a5.6m Sheet 28.  Lorraine climbed to engage the second machine.  At 6,000 feet the engine of the Vickers stopped and Capt Lorraine was forced to land; Uffz Otto Gerold (Kia) & Ltn Paul Bucholz (Pow), FA 33

 

Graeme

 

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paul.pengelly

While going through all the Canadian War Diaries for that period looking for my man, came across these.

 

The same downed German aeroplane incident (26/10/1915) from two more war diaries.

 

3rd Bde Canadian Infantry

.....”several maps and photographs,a camera and a wireless apparatus were taken.The machine was not badly damaged although the Germans fired 82 shells at it while it was on the ground.Curiously enough the machine gun on the aircraft belonged to 14th Btn and was lost at St Julien.

 

1st Btn Canadian Engineers.

26/10/1915

”On this particular day our sappers had rather an interesting experience.....

.....”an enemy plane had been brought down by combined fire from anti-aircraft gun or one of our own planes,the machine falling between our 1st and 2nd lines.This at once became the target for the German artillery who did not relish our forces acquiring one of their own aeroplanes,so they commenced to shell it with an object of destroying it.We had been ordered to bring this machine in from the trenches.This was not done ,however,until after a screen and a barricade had been erected .It was brought in all right without any casualties to our party,later on the engine and all parts were turned over to the Royal Flying Corps.

 

A nice change from pumping out flooded trenches for them.

 

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