German Ace Werner Voss claims his first two victories. The first victim is a Nieuport XVII of 60 Squadron flown by Captain George Alec Parker DSO MC (Northamptonshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) who is killed. The 23-year old will be awarded both the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross after his death in the same issue of the London Gazette on 10th January 1917. His brother will die at home on service in November 1918. The second victory is over a FE2b of 18 Squadron flown by Lieutenant Frederic Ambrose George (Northumberland Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps). His observer Air Mechanic First Class Oliver Frank Watts (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23.
The second Zeppelin raid of the war on the Hartlepools takes place over West Hartlepool. L34 damages many shops and houses to the west of the docks. The Zeppelin is brought down by Lieutenant Ian V J Pyott (his son will be killed in Italy in 1945 serving in the South African Air Force).
Today’s losses include:
- The first two victims of future German Ace Werner Voss
- The son of the Member of Parliament for Camborne Division of Cornwall
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Victor Arthur Strauss (Army Service Corps attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of Arthur Strauss MP for the Camborne Division of Cornwall.
- Private Albert James Brinsmead (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last August.