Tuesday 29 January 1918 We Lost 251
Three of four Giants dispatched to attack London reach Britain. One comes in over the mouth of the Blackwater at 22:05 and is picked up ten minutes later at 12,000 feet. It then drops bombs on residential areas between Acton and Richmond Park causing the nights ten killed and ten injured. The second Giant bombs at midnight from 5,900 feet while the final Giant makes landfall at 22:44 over the Naze, develops engine trouble so it drops its bombs around Rayleigh and turns back.
Second Lieutenant C J Howson (Royal Flying Corps) claims the last victory for his squadron in a DH5. The casualties for the day include two pilots and one observer killed and one pilot made prisoner.
SMS Goeben is seen lying near the inner of the two bridges spanning the Golden Horn by the arsenal and stretching halfway along the bridge. During the previous nine days two hundred seventy-six flights have been flown against Goeben and approximately fifteen tons of bombs dropped with at least sixteen direct hits being observed.
The trawler Drumtochty (Skipper Harold Harrison age 28) is sunk by a mine off Dover. All eleven crew members are killed.
Today’s losses include:
- A family that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a General
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Arthur Henry Maitland Wilson (Indian Cavalry) is accidentally killed in Mesopotamia at age 33. He is the son of Lieutenant General Sir Henry Fuller Maitland Wilson KCB KCMG.
- Lieutenant John Stuart Mayer (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend Walter F Mayer.
- Driver Fred Burdakin Askew (Field Artillery) dies at home at age 23. His brother was killed in action in April 1917.