On this day 31 May 1916
At the Battle of Jutland in 1916, HMS Engadine became the first carrier to take part in a fleet action. She launched and recovered a Short 184 seaplane, aircraft number 8359, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Frederick James Rutland (who became known afterwards as "Rutland of Jutland") with Assistant Paymaster G.S. Trewin as observer and carried out an aerial reconnaissance of the German fleet.
This was the first time that a heavier-than-air aircraft had carried out a reconnaissance of an enemy fleet in action. Launched at about 3.08 pm and flying at about 90 feet (27 m) due to low visibility, they spotted four cruisers of the German fleet, reporting their presence back to the Engadine at about 3.30. The aircraft was presented to the Imperial War Museum in 1917, where it was damaged in a German air raid during the blitz. The unrestored forward section of the fuselage is now an exhibit in the Fleet Air Arm Museum.