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19th May 1918 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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



19th May 1918

On this day:


  • Gotha Night raids   The last and largest aeroplane raid of the war took place on the night of 19 May 1918, when 38 Gothas and 3 Giants took off against London, but suffered heavy losses. Six Gothas were shot down by interceptors and anti-aircraft fire and a seventh aircraft was lost in a landing accident. The British estimate was that 2,724 lb (1,236 kg) of bombs were dropped, although the German figure was 3,200 pounds (1,500 kg). 49 were killed, 177 injured: damage was 117,317.

    After this raid, both Kaghol 3 and Rfa 501 were principally used to support the German Army. Planned raids on London and Paris using a newly developed 1 kg (2.2 lb) magnesium based incendiary bomb were cancelled when the aircraft were at the point of taking off.

  •    NEAR FLETRE

    Same working parties. Fairly quiet. Some gas.






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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Cpl. William Foster Johnson. MM. DCM. West Yorkshire Regiment 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. William Henry Kay. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Thomas Povah. Royal Welch Fusiliers 17th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. R. W. Simmers. Royal Scots 2nd Btn. Read their Story.

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