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|Camel||SOPWITH CAMEL: was the most successful fighter of World War one. Claiming almost 3,000 air victories. The prototype of the Sopwith camel first flew in December 1916, and its first combat mission began in June 1917. joined 4 squadron RNAS based near Dunkirk. The first Royal Flying Corp squadron to receive the aircraft was no. 70 squadron. The Sopwith camel was the first designed fighter to have two forward firing machine guns. Its design gave it amazing maneuverability and aerobatic qualities. and was perfectly suited for aerial dog fighting. Squadron after squadron was re equipped with the camel and by the end of February 1918 13 squadrons were fully operational with the aircraft along the western front. Also used on the Italian Front with 3 squadrons equipped. This figure increased with a total of 19 squadrons equipped on the western front by August 1918. This included two squadrons no. 151 and 152 for night fighter duties. in June 1918. There was also a naval version of the Sopwith camel. the 2F.1s which gradually replaced the Sopwith Pup and other naval aircraft. The Naval version most memorable fete was done by Lt S D Culley who took off from a towed wood platform and destroyed the Zeppelin L.53 on the 10th August 1918. also on the 18th July six aircraft took off from the forward deck of HMS Furious to bomb the Zeppelin base at Tondern which they successfully did destroying two Zeppelins L.54 and L.60. This was the first time carrier borne aircraft had destroyed a land base installation. In total 5597 F.1s and 317 2F.1s were ordered but there may have been 200 less built. Performance. speed: 113mph at 10,000 feet. service ceiling 19,000 feet. Armament: two fixed forward firing Vickers .303 machine Guns. or one .303 forward firing and one .303 Lewis Gun|
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|New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 11th May 1942 by Squadron Leader A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington W5612 : Airframe notes updated (added 30-03-1941 : Wellington was attacked by an intruder as the crew prepared to land, the aircraft force-landed in a field 1 mile next to the airfield.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Flight Lieutenant Ken Tempest : Birth date updated, Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Aircraft updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Major Allen V Mundt :|
|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 Airframes database for : R6011 : Squadrons updated|
|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)|
|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. )|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Warrant Officer John Harrison :|
|New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 11th August 1940 by Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton of No.32 Sqn RAF|
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