7 May 1917
  • British Major Edward "Mick" Mannock RFC (who had been posted to No. 40 Squadron in France on 1 Apr), later the top scoring British Empire ace of the war with 73 kills, claimed his first aerial victory with the destruction of a balloon. ww2dbase [AC]
  • British Captain Albert Ball VC, DFC & 2 Bars & MC, RFC (43 kills and one balloon) was killed when, in his SE.5a aircraft, he dived into cloud in pursuit of a German aircraft over Lens, France. He was buried by the Germans with full Military honours. ww2dbase [Lens, Nord-Pas-de-Calais | AC]

7 May 1917 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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