Thursday 2 May 1918 We Lost 567
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Stearne Tighe Edwards DSC, while leading a patrol of four scouts, encounters a hostile formation of eight enemy scouts and drives down one enemy machine completely out of control. Soon afterwards he engages another formation of six enemy scouts, driving down one to its destruction while his patrol accounts for another. He only breaks off the fight owing to lack of ammunition.
Major Roderic Stanley Dallas (Royal Air Force) flies to the German aerodrome at Le Breayelle, fires on hangars on the south side of the aerodrome to attract the attention of the enemy and drops a parcel containing a pair of boots and a note saying, “If you won’t come up here and fight, herewith one pair of boots for work on the ground, pilot for the use of”. Climbing into the mist he circles until the Germans gather around the parcel and then, dives on them, drops two bombs and fires one hundred rounds at them. General panic follows. To cap it all Dallas then shoots down two Albatros DVs on his return journey.
Lieutenant Merril Samuel Taylor (Royal Air Force) shoots down a white Fokker Triplane piloted by German ace Hans Weiss.
At night three heavy bombs are dropped from a low altitude on the Zeebrugge lock gates. German positions and railway stations are also heavily bombed. Also during the night five and one half tons of bombs are dropped by the Royal Air Force on Chaulnes, Juniville railway junction, and Caix.
Several important reconnaissances are carried out and many photographs are taken well in the rear of the enemy lines. Three and a half tons of bombs are dropped on Bapaume and other targets in the battle area. At times, fighting in the air is severe.
Today’s losses include:
- The 1913 Australasian Tennis Champion
- A battalion commander
- A man whose whose brother was killed earlier in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Charles Frederick Denman Cook DSO (commanding 1st Wellington Regiment) dies of wounds.
- Major Rainsford Balcombe-Brown MC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 23 almost three years after his older brother is killed while serving in the Royal Field Artillery.
- Gunner Ernest Frederick Parker (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 34 near Caëstre, He is an tennis Australian tennis champion, winner of the 1913 Australiasian championships which is now know as the Australian Open. He lost the finals in 1909 to Anthony Wilding who lost his life in the Royal Marines in 1915. ParkerZaledwie dwukrotnie wziął udział w mistrzostwach Australazji, ale oba te starty miał udane; w 1909 doszedł do finału gry pojedynczej, w którym musiał uznać wyższość Tony’ego Wildinga z Nowej Zelandii, natomiast w 1913 okazał się najlepszym singlistą, po finałowym zwycięstwie nad innym Nowozelandczykiem Harry Parkerem (zbieżność nazwisk przypadkowa), starszym od siebie o 10 lat.As a versatile athlete Parker practiced successfully in both golf and cricket. Po wybuchu I wojny światowej został powołany do wojska; początkowo zwolniony ze służby ze względu na wadę wzroku, ostatecznie trafił jednak do artylerii i wysłany został na front europejski. After the outbreak of the War he was called to the army, initially exempted from service because of an eye injury, but eventually joined the artillery and was sent to the European front. Poległ we Francji.