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19th May 1918On 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.
The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1
- 19th May 1918 Boxing Match
- 19th May 1918 Air Raid
- 19th May 1918 In the Trenches
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