Diary June 2, 1917

Billy Bishop in front of his Nieuport 17
Canadian ace Billy Bishop in front of his Nieuport 17 fighter.
World War One Diary for Saturday, June 2, 1917:

Air War

Western Front: Canadian ace Captain Bishop flies dawn raid on German airfield near Cambrai, destroying 3 Albatros fighters that rise to engage; returns to base in bullet-riddled Nieuport figher (Victoria Cross award on August 11).
Flanders­: Royal Flying Corps Second Army aircrafts destroy 32 aircraft for loss of 18 (until June 7).

Western Front

France: New French C-in-C Petain’s CoS Debeney informs Haig that, due to mutinies, French Army can give only minimal support in planned Allied offensive. Haig decides to attack a key sector immediately and so distract Germans from French; Messines offensive already scheduled for June 7 fits the bill.

Sea War

Eastern Mediterranean: British transport Cameronian (63 men lost) sunk 50 miles off Alexandria.

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