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Sopwith Camel by Anthony Saunders. (GL)
|The Aircraft :|
|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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|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Colonel Henry W Brown : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Victories updated, Aircraft updated, Squadrons updated (added 355th Fighter Squadron), Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Colonel)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1470 :|
|Colonel Herbert L Prevost added to aircrew database :|
Joining the Hell Hawks in June 1944 he flew operations on D-Day and over Normandy, once managing to return his P-47 after striking his propeller on the ground whilst strafing a train. He was awarded the DFC for helping destroy seven tanks, three armored vehicles and five trucks at Weyerbusch in March 1945.
|711th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley T4298 : Airframe notes updated (added 07-04-1941 : Whitley crew were made prisoners of war.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant Edward J Lopez : Squadrons updated (added 387th Fighter Squadron), Squadron service dates updated|
|Lieutenant Colonel William B McChessney Jr added to aircrew database :|
One of the original pilots of the Hell Hawks, joining in August 1943, he flew two sorties on D-Day, Market Garden, Bastogne and Operation Bodenplatte in his P-47 Judy Ann. He finished the war with 121 combat missions and a Ju88 destroyed.
|Wellington Mk.IC R1007 of No.40 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington T2703 : Airframe notes updated (added 31-03-1941 : Wellington was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed near a railway station in Haren-Ems in Germany.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Lieutenant Colonel Archie F Maltbie : Squadrons updated (added 388th Fighter Squadron), Squadron service dates updated|
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