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Leutnant Paul Baumer by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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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|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim V5825 :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Hauptmann Otto Schultz : Victories updated, Squadrons updated (added JG51), Squadron service dates updated|
|R. C. Rendle added to aircrew database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Werner Husemann : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim Z5818 : Airframe notes updated (added 02-04-1941 : Blenheim was out on patrol when it was lost without trace. )|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim N3552 : Aircrew updated (added E. E. Blomeley), Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Blenheim was lost without trace.)|
|Blenheim Mk.IV L9270 of No.82 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD790 :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant Edward J Lopez : Squadrons updated (added 387th Fighter Squadron), Squadron service dates updated|
|G. G. Sharp added to aircrew database.|
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