Confidential Report submitted by
Major Jack Scott, C.O. No. 60 Squadron,
3 June, 1917
13th Wing, R.F.C.
I wish to make a special report on the extremely brilliant
individual attack on a German Aerodrome near
CAMBRAI, planned and executed by Capt. W.A. Bishop
D.S.O. M.C. on 2/6/17.
He left the ground before day-light and flew intending to
attack the aerodrome at NEUVILLE but on arriving
there found the hangars closed and no signs of any
activity. He then flew S. and E. of CAMBRAI until he
arrived at an aerodrome where 7 machines were on the
ground, of which 3 or 4 had their engines running. On
the first one taking off he fired 15 rounds from very close
range and the machine crashed; a second one he
similarly engaged and it flew into a tree. Two more were
then taking off together, he finished his drum on one of
these and it fell 300 yards from the aerodrome. The
fourth machine pursued him and he fired a whole drum
into it but observed no result. The above took place at
heights varying from 40 to 1,000 ft. He then observed 4
scouts at 5,000 ft., climbed to 4,000' underneath them
and flew thus for a mile. Finding the scouts were
climbing at least as fast as he was himself, he turned
West and returned safely.
As a preliminary manoeuvre before any of the machines
above had left the ground, he engaged the mechanics who
were starting the engines and one at least of these was
observed to fall. When he returned his machine was
full of holes caused by machine guns with which the
aerodrome was armed.
(signed)Major Jack Scott
O.C. 60 Squadron, R.F.C.
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