Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:06 pm
Hi, I came across the following entry in the 11th Battalion Machine Gun Corps War Diary :-
B Company 11 Battn MGC
No 114375 Pte ARMSTRONG R
On April 9th ( 1918 ) at HULLUCH a German Aeroplane, damaged by Lewis Gun fire was forced to land between our Reserve and Front lines. The two airmen, an officer and a NCO took out a machine gun and attempted to get back to their own lines. PTE ARMSTRONG seeing this, took a rifle and went forward to stop them, but was caught up in our own barbed wire. He then shot the NCO, who was getting away, and called to the officer to surrender. The officer neglected his call and PTE ARMSTRONG shot him in the leg, the officer then put up his hands and came towards our lines, but in coming close up to PTE ARMSTRONG and seeing him alone and hampered by the wire, he jumped towards him and tried to snatch away the rifle. PTE ARMSTRONG fired again and shot him in the abdomen. PTE ARMSTRONG's conduct showed great daring and a very resourceful handling of the situation. His action prevented the enemy airmen from getting back to their lines, and was the means of several important maps and papers being secured.
Is anyone able to identify who the two German airmen were ?