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Handley Page 0/400s by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
Difficult Journey Home by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
Difficult Journey Home by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Handley Page 0/400s by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
|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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|1st Lieutenant Edward J Lopez added to aircrew database :|
Joining the 365th Fighter Group slightly after D-Day he fought through Normandy, Bastogne and into Germany, dropping 500lb bombs on armored convoys. On one occasion he pressed on to destroy flak guns despite being badly hit by their 20mm fire.
|Lieutenant Colonel William B McChessney Jr added to aircrew database :|
One of the original pilots of the Hell Hawks, joining in August 1943, he flew two sorties on D-Day, Market Garden, Bastogne and Operation Bodenplatte in his P-47 Judy Ann. He finished the war with 121 combat missions and a Ju88 destroyed.
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim V5825 :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1009 :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Wing Commander Kenneth Horatio Wallis : First name updated (now Kenneth Horatio), Birth date updated, Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Aircraft updated, Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|New victory claim added : Do17 claimed on 15th September 1940 by Robert Innes of No.253 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant John H Fetzer Jr :|
|452nd Bomb Group added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Hans-Ekkehard Bob : Date of death updated, Deceased updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Lieutenant Colonel Michael D Cannon :|
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