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In For The Kill by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
Captain Roy Brown engages the Red Baron, 21st April 1918 by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
Dawn Dog Fight, Mick Mannock VC by Graeme Lothian. (Y)
Major Edward Mannock by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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|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|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Air Vice-Marshal John de Severne : Birth date updated, Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Aircraft updated, Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Air Vice-Marshal)|
|No.822 Sqn FAA added to the squadrons 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. )|
|Hampden Mk.I AD827 of No.61 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Blenheim Mk.IV V5521 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|
|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 : Blenheim V5825 :|
|Lieutenant Colonel Carl R Riggs added to aircrew database :|
From November 1944 until the end of the war he completed 56 combat missions including the Battle of the Bulge and on 1st January 1945 was wounded during the Luftwaffe attack of Operation Bodenplatte but returned to combat shortly after.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Werner Husemann : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
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