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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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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|No.823 Sqn FAA added to the squadrons database.|
|J. N. Fisher added to aircrew database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden P4403 : Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Hampden was laying mines off Lorient. It later overshot and crashed into a hedge on coming in to land at St Eval. No injuries.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1470 :|
|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|
|New victory claim added : Ju88 claimed on 15th March 1945 by Lieutenant Colonel Archie F Maltbie of 388th Fighter Squadron|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD899 : Aircrew updated (added Pilot Officer J. G. Curley)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Helmut Eberspacher : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|1st Lieutenant Matt Ruper added to aircrew database :|
Flying with the Hell Hawks from June 1944 to the end of the war he completed 106 combat missions including Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge and survived being shot down by ground fire during a low level strafing mission.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Group Captain Dennis David :|
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