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Difficult Journey Home by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
Difficult Journey Home by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
Handley Page 0/400s by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
Handley Page 0/400s by Ivan Berryman. (B)
|The Aircraft :|
|Handley Page 0400||In December 1914 during the Great war the Royal Navy Director of the Air Department Captain Murray Sueter requested a long range bomber to be built by Frederick Handley Page. Handley Page responded to the Navy's requirements with a biplane with a wingspan of 100 ft/30 m The first prototype Handley Page 400 flew on 7th December 1915 and featured a glazed cockpit and armour sufficient to protect from rifle fire around the crew compartment and engines. The aircraft proved somewhat underpowered, so the glazing and armour were deleted on the second prototype that flew the following April and formed the basis for series production of the machine. For so large a machine, production of the Handley Page 0/400 was considerable with over 400 examples being delivered by the time of the Armistice in 1918. Its first missions were carried out during April of that year, operating both during daylight and by night.|
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|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim Z5818 : Airframe notes updated (added 02-04-1941 : Blenheim was out on patrol when it was lost without trace. )|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim L9270 : Airframe notes updated (added 04-04-1941 : Blenheim was on patrol off the Dutch coast before it was lost without trace. )|
|Lieutenant Colonel Archie F Maltbie added to aircrew database :|
Flying with the Hell Hawks from May 1944 he was forced to bail out in August after shooting down an Me109 which exploded. Evading capture he returned to the unit. As well as ground attack missions he also downed a Ju88 on 15th March 1945.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Flight Lieutenant Denis Woolley : First name updated (now Denis), Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Anton Benning : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|749th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Major Allen V Mundt added to aircrew database :|
Joining the Hell Hawks at Chievre, Belgium in November 1944 he flew 58 combat missions during the Battle of the Bulge and the push through Germany. On two occasions his aircraft was hit by 20mm cannon while low level strafing and bombing.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Hermann Schleinhege : Birth date updated, Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|334th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
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