Item 05: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 March-15 August 1916 - Page 87

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coming from the south very high up. We have never seen an enemy plane here & thought it was our own plane returning after an early morning fly scouting, but one glance at her dove tail convinced me she was a Taube & was out for revenge & there was a rush to get our horses away from the horse lines, & it was remarkable how soon they were clear & we were scattering out onto the desert;

The early morning sun showed out every mark on the Taube soon after she was sighted & gave us fair warning; our anti-aircraft gun opened fire on her just as she was coming over our camp, but she was much too high to hope to hurt her. the first bomb dropped within a few feet of the wireless plant, the second in Brigade Head Quarters, the third in the horse lines of the 2nd & 3rd Regt. who suffered heavily in horse flesh as they did not take their horses off the lines; The fourth & fifth were dropped amongst our best horses

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