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|The Aircraft :|
|SE5||The third S.E.5 produced (A4563) became, in effect, the prototype S.E.5a with a 200hp Hispano Suiza power plant and shorter span wings. The S.E.5.a went to No56, No.40 and No.60 squadrons from June 1917, and by the end of the year No's 24, 41, 68 and 84 squadron had taken them on charge. After troubles with the reduction gear of the Hispano Suiza together with a general shortage of these power plants, the direct drive Wolseley Viper became the standard S.E.5a power unit. The S.E.5.a built a fine reputation for strength, performance and general flying quality, which together with the Sopwith Camel was the main reason for the Allies gaining and maintaining air superiority during 1918. Some aircraft were fitted with four 25lb (11kg) Cooper bombs on under fuselage racks. The S.E.5.a also service in the Middle East and several home defence units in 1918. At the end of World War I over 2,000 S.E.5.a aircraft were in service with the RAF. The type had served with 24 British, 2 US and 1 Australian Squadrons. After its 'demob' 50 of these aircraft were supplied to Australia, 12 to Canada with several more to other countries including South Africa, Poland and the United States of America. 50 came onto the British register and were used for developing the art of sky-writing. The S.E.5.a will always remain one of aviation's great warplanes.|
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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|New victory claim added : Ju88 (Half shared victory) claimed on 24th April 1942 by Flight Lieutenant A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF|
|New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 11th May 1942 by Squadron Leader A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF|
|711th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant Lavern R Alcorn : Squadrons updated (added 388th Fighter Squadron), Squadron service dates updated|
|No.1843 Sqn FAA added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim V5826 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 07-04-1941 : Blenheim was badly shout about by Me 109s on its return to base. It was later deemed to be beyond economical repair.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington X3167 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 08-04-1941 : Wellington was presumed lost over the sea.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington T2703 : Airframe notes updated (added 31-03-1941 : Wellington was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed near a railway station in Haren-Ems in Germany.)|
|Blenheim Mk.IV L9386 of No.139 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|New victory claim added : Ju88 claimed on 10th May 1940 by John Evelyn Scoular of No.73 Sqn RAF|
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