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Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War One.
Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman. (P)
Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman.
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|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 : Hampden X3129 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 01-04-1941 : Hampden was shot down at Lannilis near Brest. )|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Flight Officer Allan Benjamin Angus : First name updated (now Allan Benjamin), Service number updated (now 40281), Victories updated|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Anson K6296 : Aircrew updated (added J. Stransky), Airframe notes updated (added 01-04-1941 : Anson crash-landed at Honington following the loss of the starboard aileron.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim R3900 : Airframe notes updated (added 31-03-1941 : Blenheim was lost off the Dutch Island of Texel. )|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Helmut Eberspacher : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|New victory claim added : He111 (Damaged.) claimed on 22nd December 1939 by John Evelyn Scoular of No.73 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant John H Fetzer Jr :|
|Wellington Mk.IC T2542 of No.214 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Ludwig Meister : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
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