Friday 6 July 1917 – We Lost 425

Captain Donald Charles Cunnell, flying with Second Lieutenant Albert Edward Woodbridge 1s part of a patrol of six aircraft attacked by a flight of German Albatros D.Vs including one flown by Manfred von Richthofen. During the clash Richthofen was wounded in the head and forced to land near Wervicq. The victory was credited to the crew of Cunnell’s A6412. Cunnell will be killed in less than one week.

The victory of Aqaba ends the war in the Hedjaz, and British forces obtain a valuable port for the Palestine campaign.

HMS Itchen (Lieutenant Frederick L Cavaye) is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U99 in the North Sea.  Seven members of her crew are killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose two younger sisters were lost in the sinking of Lusitania 1915
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Flight Sub Lieutenant Hugh Allan (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Hugh Andrew Montagu Allan CVO. His two younger sisters were both lost in the sinking of RMS Lusitania.
  • Second Lieutenant George William Wheelhouse (Army Service Corps) dies on service in Mesopotamia at age 42. He is the son of the Reverend George Wheelhouse Vicar of St Michael’s Appleby.