GERMAN WAR PLANES ATTACK LONDON
London (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 13, 1917, 3 German war planes broke through British air defenses and dropped bombs on the business and financial districts of London.
While anti-aircraft fire kept the enemy planes at a two mile altitude above the city, the bombs inflicted casualties and caused considerable damage. 07 people were killed and 437 were wounded. The deaths included 16 women and 26 children.
The worst damage, however, was done in the eastern end of the city where 15 German war planes were active. No damage was reported to military or naval installations.
World War I was the first major conflict in which aircraft played a significant role. The British Royal Flying Corps was placed in combat positions on the German side of the Western Front and in April 1917 suffered heavy losses.
"Rain Death Over London", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 14, 1917.