Captain Graham Donald
  protected by anti aircraft guns and was close to a German seaplane station. For a week British bombers guarded by fighters, repeatedly bombed the ship and when the bombers had dropped their loads the Camels straffed the ship with machine gun fire. Captain Graham Donald who was in charge of the Camels at Imbros, wrote.
The air was stiff with German fighters. They were attacking our bombers and several got shot down. It was one long confused melee dogfight. The one thing that mattered was the Goeben. All the RNAS planes in the Aegean were attacking her, quite a lot of RFC planes from Palestine - fully 70- aircraft
The records of the "Aegean Group" state that during the period that the Goeben was aground from the 20th January to the 27th January that 270 raids were made on the vessel and that there was a maximum effort with all units engaged The Goeben eventually escaped back to Constantinople.
A Captain Marlowe kept a diary of his period in the Aegean, reporting on the activities of the unit, enemy activity, raids by the Group and the frequent engine failures. He makes a number of references to John Yonge.
25th January 1918
After one of my trips, when we sank a small vessel lying alongside the warship [The German ship the Goeben] and also got a hit on the ship itself, I was ordered to fly to Mudros. Yonge in a Camel was supposed to escort me but he had engine trouble so I went alone.
A lot of enemy activity locally and I took Wright to bomb Angista Junction (Yonge and Lister escorting). The guns over there are too good to stay around there very long - big stuff and very close, crashes all around us ..... The Camels were well out of all this, high up above, but I was very glad to see them come down and join us , just after I had spotted two Albatross scouts closing in on us. I got my guns going and Wright was firing his in the back and as the Camels came in to join in the two enemy machines sheared off, and after a few minutes maneuvering for position, the Camels sticking close by, they dived away and disappeared They could outclimb us easily.
30th May
A shark was seen whilst we were bathing - close in. Yonge tells us his grandfather was headmaster at Eton. There has been much artillery activity and reports say we have taken 1200 prisoners, 23 officers and some guns.
6th June
We now have 7 Camels (5 pilots) 5 DH4's (3 pilots) and 2 Sopwith fighters (1 pilot).
8th June
The usual recce and spotting trips go on. Today there is perfect calm and everybody
18th April 1918

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