VI. The World Wars and the Interwar Period, 1914–1945 > B. World War I, 1914–1918 > 12. The War in the Air, 1914–1918 > 1915, Jan. 19
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1915, Jan. 19
 
First German airship raid on England.  1
 
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The Germans began the use of the Fokker plane, equipped with a device allowing the pilot to shoot through the propeller. This gave the Germans mastery of the air, though the British, with a greater number of planes, kept carrying the fight over the German lines. Renowned German fighters of this period were Oswald Boelcke (d. Oct. 28, 1916) and Max Immelmann (d. June 1916).  2
 
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The worst of the Zeppelin raids on eastern England and London. There were 19 such raids in 1915 and 41 in 1916. But by the end of 1916 the British had elaborated a fairly good defense against airships (fighting planes, antiaircraft guns, searchlights, sirens, etc.).  3
 
 
 
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