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Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War One.
Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman. (RM)
Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
Major Albert Carter by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
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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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|Hampden Mk.I AD753 of No.106 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|New victory claim added : Do17 claimed on 15th September 1940 by Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton of No.253 Sqn RAF|
|VB-6 added to the squadrons database.|
|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.
|Wellington Mk.IC R1380 of No.214 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Manchester L7302 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 08-04-1941 : Manchester was hit by flak in the starboard engine and subsequently caught fire. The bomber was then abandoned near Hamburg.)|
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