No­table suc­cesses for north­ern front air­men

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

Our air­men have achieved no­table suc­cesses in op­er­a­tions on the north­ern part of our front.

Naval air­men made suc­cess­ful raids on the En­gel aero­drome and dumps in Bel­gium.

En­emy avi­a­tors raided Dunkirk on Tues­day night. Four per­sons were killed and ten in­jured.

Ac­tiv­ity on both sides is con­fined chiefly to raid­ing en­ter­prises and ar­tillery ac­tions.

Por­tuguese troops re­pulsed a raid at­tempted by the en­emy near La Bassee. The French have beaten off at­tacks near Reil­lon, in Lor­raine.

A semi-of­fi­cial note is­sued in Paris states that since Septem­ber the Ger­mans have with­drawn 24 di­vi­sions from the East­ern Front, leav­ing 113 di­vi­sions still on that front.

There is still fierce fight­ing on the Ital­ian front.

Sir Eric Ged­des, First Lord of the Ad­mi­ralty, in­formed the House of Com­mons of an at­tack made by four Ger­man de­stroy­ers on a con­voy bound from Scot­land to Nor­way.

The Bri­tish de­stroyer Par­tridge was sunk and the de­stroyer Pellew dam­aged. Six mer­chant ves­sels (five Nor­we­gian and one Bri­tish) and four armed trawlers were sunk. A large num­ber of the crews of mer­chant­men were saved by war ves­sels that has­tened to the res­cue.

A Court of In­quiry is be­ing held into “the whole of the cir­cum­stances con­nected with the at­tack, the es­cape of the en­emy ves­sels, and the ab­sence of the pro­tect­ing ves­sels de­tailed by the Com­man­der-in-Chief to pro­tect the con­voy”.

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