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Rittmeister Karl Bolle by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
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Baron Von Richthofen, March 1918 by Chris Collingwood. (AP)
Captain Roy Brown engages the Red Baron, 21st April 1918 by Ivan Berryman.
|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|
|Hampden Mk.I X2899 of No.83 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|A. C. Jupp added to aircrew database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Lieutenant Colonel Ralph F Kling :|
|387th Fighter Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|J. Anderson added to aircrew database.|
|Lieutenant Colonel Ralph F Kling added to aircrew database :|
Joining the 365th in May 1944 he flew over D-Day and Normandy shooting down an Me109 on 2nd July. His luck ran out in September when he was hit while strafing and bailed out of his burning P-47 Poppie. He was captured becoming a POW at Stalag Luft III.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Oberleutnant Gerhard Thyben : Birth date updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton : Victories updated, Aircraft updated, Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Captain Viv Gunton : Aircraft updated|
|1st Lieutenant Edward J Lopez added to aircrew database :|
Joining the 365th Fighter Group slightly after D-Day he fought through Normandy, Bastogne and into Germany, dropping 500lb bombs on armored convoys. On one occasion he pressed on to destroy flak guns despite being badly hit by their 20mm fire.
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