Friday 16 August 1918 We Lost 506
L de V Fitzgerald
Captain Herbert Axford (Royal Air Force) leads his formation to bomb certain docks near Bruges. These docks being exceptionally well guarded and our planes are heavily handicapped by adverse weather conditions; moreover, the formation has suffered casualties, and his own machine is badly damaged; he nevertheless succeeds in reaching and bombing his objective in the face of an intense barrage.
Lieutenant Frederick Stanley Gordon (Royal Air Force) achieve three victories leaving him one short of being an ace when he shoots down two Fokker D.VIII’s over Messines this morning and a Rumpler C east of Kemmel Hill in the afternoon.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel L de V Fitzgerald (Royal Irish Fusiliers commanding 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed.
- Lieutenant John Leslie Payton (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Private Richard Bater MM (Canadian Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 27. He is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the war.
- Private Ernest William Heath (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in November 1916.