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First Flap of the Day by Nicolas Trudgian.
Oberleutnant Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
Major Edward Mannock by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
Manfred Von Richthoffen (The Red Baron) by Tim Fisher (AP)
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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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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|New victory claim added : Me110 claimed on 23rd April 1940 by John Evelyn Scoular of No.73 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : R6011 : Squadrons updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Wing Commander Charles C Jock Calder : Birth date updated, Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Aircraft updated (added Lancaster), Squadron service dates updated|
|Hampden Mk.I AD827 of No.61 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Flight Lieutenant Denis Woolley : First name updated (now Denis), Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|Stirling Mk.I R6011 of No.7 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim L9270 : Airframe notes updated (added 04-04-1941 : Blenheim was on patrol off the Dutch coast before it was lost without trace. )|
|Lieutenant Colonel Michael D Cannon added to aircrew database :|
Joining the Hell Hawks in January 1945 he notched up a n impressive 48 combat missions before the end of the war, flying his P-47 Haulin Ass II on ground attack and strafing missions during the push through Germany.
|711th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Stirling N6086 : Aircrew updated|
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