FAMOUS AIR RAID ON CUXHAVEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 1914 - 'The story of the raid was thus told in the Admiralty announcement: 'On Friday, the 25th inst., German warships lying in the Schillig Roads off Cuxhaven were attacked by seven Naval seaplanes.....The attack was delivered at daylight, starting from a point in the vicinity of Heligoland. The seaplanes were escorted by as light cruiser and destroyer force, together with submarines. As soon as these ships were seen by the Germans from Heligoland, two Zeppelins, three or four hostile seaplanes and several hostile submarines attacked them. It was necessary for the British ships to remain in the neighbourhood in order to pick up the returning airmen, and a novel combat ensued between the most modern cruisers on the one hand and the enemy's aircraft and submarines on the other. By swift manoeuvring, the enemy's submarines were avoided and the two Zeppelins were easily put to flight by the guns of ARETHUSA (Flagship of Commodore RY Tyrwhitt), UNDAUNTED and AURORA. The enemy's seaplanes succeeded in dropping their bombs near to our ships, though without hitting any. The British ships remained for three hours off the enemy's coast without being molested by any surface vessel and safely re-embarked three out of the seven airmen with their machines. Three other pilots who returned later were picked up by British submarines which were standing by, their machines being sunk.....The British airmen's bombs.....were discharged on points of military significance,' doing great damage to the German base.' The seventh aircraft ditched in the sea about 8nm off Heligoland, the pilot being rescued by a Dutch trawler, taken to Ijmuiden and returned to England. Given that the speed of the squadron was 20 knots, it seems highly unlikely that, even surfaced, the submarines could have kept up! Little damage was done on either side but it was an important propaganda victory.