Aerial War in November 1915

November 1st, 1915:

Great Britain: Charles Lambe, RNAS, got an official approval to build a two wing bomber group at Dunkirk.

Egypt:  No. 14, No. 17 Squadron and the X-Park aircraft building the RFC 5th Wing.

Western Front: In November 1915, Charles Nungesser became member of Esc N65 near Nancy. After his first aerial victory on an unapproved night flight he was awarded with the Croix de Guerre and was senteced for 8 days imprisonment. He achieved his second victory at November 28th.

November 3rd, 1915:

Northern Sea: The first land plane to be flown from an aircraft carrier is piloted by Flight Lieutenant H.F. Towler of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), when he flies a Bristol Scout C from the seaplane carrier HMS Vindex during launching experiments.



November 5th, 1915:

Eastern Front: The German armee airship LZ39 which was mainly used for bombardements of railroad facilities burned down near its hangar at Grodno.

November 7th, 1915:

Western Front: Lieutenant G.S.M. Insall of No.11 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, is awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during a fighting patrol across German lines. Air Mechanic T.H. Donald was observer-gunner in a Vickers FB5, 5074.

November 8th, 1915:

Ottoman Empire: 3 Aircraft, each loaded wit 2x 50kg bombs, based in Imbros and Enos were attacking the railway bridge of Kuleli Burgas near the Bulgarian border and damaging the construction. The bridge is an important strategical location of the railway between Berlin and Constantinople. Additional atttack follow on 10th, 13th, 16th, 18th und 24th of November.

Saloniki: The Seaplane carrier HMS Ark Royal arrived.

HMS Ark Royal (1914)


Western Front: 6 Aircraft of No. 7 Squadron RFC were bombing the airfield of Gits. Spies later report 30-40 casulties and 5 destroyed cars.

November 11th, 1915:

Western Front: RFC aircraft tried to bomb the airfield of Bellenglise Northwest of St. Quentin.

November 13th, 1915:

Mesopotamia: Captain T.W. White and Captain F. Yeats Brown were captured behind enemy lines after a successful mission to cut the telegraph wires near Baghdad. The Farman would have been pushing to make the return journey with the fuel and load it had carried as it was. White landed the Farman near a pole but clipped the wing, damaging it. The pair tried to taxi away from the approaching Turks as White had done once before but they were caught. White was to write a book of his Prisoner of War experiences with the Turks named, “Guests of the Unspeakable”.

November 14th, 1915:

Isonzo Front: An Austro-Hungarian aircraft has bobed Verona and caused 79 casulties.

November 19th, 1915:

Balkan Front: The Victoria Cross is awarded to Squadron Commander R. Bell-Davies of No.3 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, for rescuing a downed airman (Flight Sub-Lieutenant G.F. Smylie) after completing a bombing attack on Ferejik Junction in Bulgaria in a Nieuport 12, 3172.

Nieuport 12

November 21st, 1915:
Mesopotamia: Two reconnaissance flights are made, Major Reilly flying to Baghdad and noticing a large Turkish force reinforcing Ctesiphon. Reilly is shot down near Ktesiphon and the report never reaches General Townshend. The four remaining aircraft were used to protect Townshends retreat (25.-30. November).

November 22nd, 1915:

Mesopotamia: The allied attack on Ctesiphon begins. Lieutenant Fulton of 30 Sqn RFC is shot down by ground fire in Martinsyde S.1 No.8. Using a device like a rake devised by Captain H.A. Petre, Captain T.W. White has previously located and mapped the vital point that is used in the Ctesiphon attack. The device was held to the forehead and the pegs showed the degree of distance from the centre.

November 26th, 1915:

Great Britain: Army and Admirality decided that the Royal Navy defends against aircraft that are approaching the coastline while Army defends after they have crossed the coastline.

Mesopotamia: The Flight attached to Aziziya retreat to Kut and the two flights are concentrated there.

November 27th, 1915:

Western Front: 21 aircraft of 1st Wing RFC bombed Don station and caused 10 casulties and 12 wounded.

November 28th, 1915:

Northern Sea: A FBA-Flying-Boat of RNAS drove away four German seaplanes at Ostend, one was shot down.

November 30th, 1915:

Western Front: 20 aircraft of 3rd Wing RFC damaged Miraumont docks and railway despite of heavy wind.



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