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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 : Whitley Z6468 : Airframe notes updated (added 07-04-1941 : Whitley was last heard on w/t in the early morning of the 8th of April.)|
|New victory claim added : Me109 ((second claim on this date)) claimed on 16th August 1940 by Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton of No.32 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Stirling N6011 : Airframe notes updated (added 09-04-1941 : Stirling was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed near Lingen in Germany. )|
|New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 14th May 1942 by Squadron Leader A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF|
|452nd Bomb Group added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1380 : Aircrew updated (added Sergeant C. H. R. Mercer), Airframe notes updated (added 07-04-1941 : Wellington was lost without trace after taking off from Stradishall.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant John H Fetzer Jr :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington T2542 : Aircrew updated (added Sergeant R. Brown), Airframe notes updated (added 08-04-1941 : Wellington was shot down near Hamburg, killing all crew.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD899 : Aircrew updated (added Pilot Officer J. G. Curley)|
|1st Lieutenant Lavern R Alcorn added to aircrew database :|
Joining the Hell Hawks just after D-Day he was shot down by ground fire over occupied Falaise in August but with the help of French civilians evaded capture and returned to his unit. He finished the war with 79 combat missions and scored two aerial victories in April 1945.
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