April 17. Kemmel Battle Honour for 36th (Ulster) Division. Roll of Honour

The 36th (Ulster) Division, 108th Brigade, and C Company from the 36th Battalion Machine Gun Corps was awarded The First Battle of Kemmel, 17th- 19th April 1918 Battle Honour. On this day in 1934 the Fairey Swordfish biplane (photo), which would become famous for its WW2 Royal Navy service, made its first flight. It would be involved in many Fleet Air Arm actions against enemy units including the Bismarck and Taranto, destroying more enemy tonnage than any allied aircraft. The Roll for 1942 records the deaths of three Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from Omagh and Limavady in Tunisia and Burmah. In 1943 three RAF aircrew from NI died on a raid on the Skoda munitions plant at Pilzen. Denis Axtell and William McBriar were in the same Handley Page Halifax. Their graves are in France. James Mooney from Doagh died serving as a Pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1938. In 1945 Henry Brooke MC, son of the NI Prime Minister, died serving with the Royal Hussars in Italy. His older brother Basil had died in 1943 serving in the Grenadier Guards.

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