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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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|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Sergeant Alan Norman Feary : First name updated (now Alan Norman), Birth date updated, Victories updated, Aircraft updated (added Spiteful), Rank updated (now Sergeant)|
|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)|
|Blenheim Mk.IV L9386 of No.139 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Anton Benning : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|325th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Rudolf Busch : Date of death updated|
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