Britain's Forgotten Fighters of the First World War by Paul R. Hare

By Paul R. Hare

People with any curiosity within the First global struggle could have have heard of the planes such a lot linked to that clash - the mythical Sopwith Camel and Royal plane Factory’s S.E.5a, that are known as the «Spitfire» and «Hurricane» of the good warfare. Aviation lovers may perhaps even be aware of of the Camels predecessors, the Sopwith puppy or the Triplane.

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Although adopted by the RFC at the outbreak of war and assigned the serial number 628, it never entered service as on 12 August while it was still at the Royal Aircraft Factory, the starboard wheel collapsed on landing and the machine somersaulted, landing on its back and was damaged beyond repair. Almost immediately, work began on the design of a successor that was intended to be more serviceable and have a lower-powered engine. 4 while being as fast as possible. 4a, perhaps to fool the enemy to believe that it would be equally fast (this was unlikely as it was powered by an 80-hp Gnome rotary engine).

At the time, aerial fighting was an unknown quantity, although it was clearly being considered as Flight magazine explained in its 14 February 1914 edition: There are two schools of thought regarding fighting in the air. The one holds that if an aeroplane is to fight, it must carry a passenger, gun and ammunition. It will be so large and heavy that it will be slow, also it will lack any means of intercommunication necessary for combined action and it will be unable to come within range of a fast scout.

R. Samson towards the end of September 1914, although 169 crashed a few days later. Tabloids under production at Sopwith’s works at Kingston-on-Thames during 1914. On 8 October, the remaining two airworthy machines piloted by Sqn Cdr Spenser Grey and Ft Lt R. G. Marix set off to bomb the airship sheds at Cologne and Düsseldorf. Grey’s efforts were frustrated by poor visibility and he bombed the railway station at Cologne instead. However, Marix in 168 dropped his bombs on the airship shed at Düsseldorf from just 600 feet, setting fire to the Zeppelin inside, destroying it completely.

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