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Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War One.
Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman. (RM)
Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
|The Aircraft :|
|Dolphin||Despite had a number of early problems, the Dolphin eventually proved successful and generally popular with pilots. The aircraft was fast, maneuverable, and easy to fly, though a sharp stall was noted. When functioning properly, the Hispano-Suiza afforded the Dolphin excellent performance at high altitude. Accordingly, the Dolphin was often deployed against German reconnaissance aircraft such as the Rumpler C.VII, which routinely operated at altitudes above 20,000 ft. No. 87 Squadron explored the use of equipment to supply pilots with oxygen at high altitude, but the experiment was abandoned after trials showed that the oxygen tanks exploded when struck by gunfire The highest-scoring Dolphin unit was No. 87 Squadron, which shot down 89 enemy aircraft in the type. Pilots of No. 79 Squadron shot down 64 enemy aircraft in the eight and one half months that the aircraft was at the front The top two Dolphin aces served in No. 79 Squadron. Captain Francis W. Gillet, an American, scored 20 victories in the type Lieutenant Ronald Bannerman, a New Zealander, scored 17 victories. The third-ranking Dolphin ace was Captain Arthur Vigers of No. 87 Squadron, who attained all 14 of his victories while flying the same aircraft .] Another notable ace, Major Albert Desbrisay Carter of No. 19 Squadron, obtained approximately 13 of his 29 confirmed victories in the Dolphin. Captain Henry Biziou scored eight victories in the type. Four Royal Air Force squadrons operated the Dolphin as their primary equipment, while other squadrons used it in small numbers. No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron, a Canadian Air Force unit, formed with Dolphins at RAF Upper Heyford. The unit became operational shortly after the Armistice|
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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. )|
|511th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Wing Commander Branse Burbridge : Rank updated (now Wing Commander)|
|Blenheim Mk.IV L9270 of No.82 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden X2899 : Airframe notes updated (added 06-04-1941 : Hampden was lost without trace after taking off from Scampton to lay mines off Brest.)|
|New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 11th August 1940 by Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton of No.32 Sqn RAF|
|1st Lieutenant John H Fetzer Jr added to aircrew database :|
The pilot of P-47 The Madam, he served with the 365th from August 1943 until the end of the war. Flying missions on D-Day he took off in the darkness of the early hours, destroying a number of armoured vehicles including a Tiger tank.
|Lieutenant Colonel Thomas E Stanton added to aircrew database :|
387th Fighter Squadron Hell Hawks P-47 pilot.
|J. Anderson added to aircrew database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden X3129 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 01-04-1941 : Hampden was shot down at Lannilis near Brest. )|
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