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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

15th August 1918

On this day:

  • 246 Squadron formed.   246 Squadron was formed from 252 Squadron RFC at RFC Seaton Carew II.

  • 403 Flight 246 Squadron move base.   403 Flight of the newly formed 246 Squadron departed from RFC Seaton Carew II for RFC Killingholme

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    Enemy artillery fairly active, shelling St Jans Cappel with 5.9s from 0240 to 0300 and S.2.c.20.50 from 1015 to 1045 with 43 shells of 77mm high velocity. Our artillery was active. At night they fired eight rockets over Bailleul. These are like ordinary Verey lights but much stronger light. From experience it is found that enemy sometimes put up red flares bursting into rain when our patrols are out, as if he has discovered them and so gives warning to sentries.

    update 77 mm shells were called whiz-bangs. They travelled faster than sound so you heard the whiz of the passing (hopefully!) shell before the sound of the gun which fired it.

    War Diaries

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-136

    Type Large Ms. Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig Ordered 27 May 1916 Laid down 23 Nov 1916 Launched 7 Nov 1917 Commissioned 15 Aug 1918

    15 Aug 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Hermann Menzel

    Career No patrols.
    start date unknown - 11 Nov 1918 III Flotilla

    Successes No successes.

    Fate 23 Feb 1919 - Surrendered to France. Broken up at Cherburg in 1921.

    There was another U 136 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 5 Jul 1941 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 30 Aug 1941.

    John Doran

  • 15th August 1918 Gas attack on HQ

  • 15th Aug 1918 Gas Attack


    Patrolling scheme introducing communication with a contact aeroplane.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 15th Aug 1918 In Support

  • 15th Aug 1918 Training & Sports

  • 15th Aug 1918 Training

  • 15th Aug 1918 On the March

  • 25th Aug 1915 Huns Crumbling Defences

  • 15th September 1918 Enemy Artillery active

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