Sunday 3 February 1918 We Lost 209
The destroyer HMS Viking is damaged in a collision in the Dover Straits which kills four of her crew. Two of the dead have had brothers previously killed in the war. They include
- Stoker 1st Class Charless George Newman age 23 whose brother died of wounds in September 1916
- Stoker 1st Class David Brebner age 24 whose brother died of wounds last August.
The Cunard steamship Aurania leaves Liverpool bound for New York.
Today’s losses include:
- A 5-victory ace
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Flight Commander Rupert Randolph Winter (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed in action at age 21 when his plane is shot down southwest of Roulers by German ace Otto Fruhner. Winter is a five-victory ace having won his fifth victory earlier today.
- Lieutenant Timothy Hugh Stowell Crosby (Durham Light Infantry attached 1st Aircraft Depot, Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1917.
- Second Lieutenant Humphrey Eames Barwell (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at the front at age 19. His brother will be killed next month also serving in the Royal Flying Corps.