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|RE8||The Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 was a British two-seat biplane reconnaissance and bomber aircraft of the Great War. The first of two prototype R.E.8s (Reconnaissance Experimental 8) flew on 17 June 1916. The first production aircraft reached th front line squadrons in November 1916. The R.E.8 was difficult to fly, and was regarded with great suspicion at first in the Royal Flying Corps. Although eventually it gave reasonably satisfactory service, it was never an outstanding combat aircraft. In spite of this, the R.E.8 served as the standard British reconnaissance and artillery spotting aircraft from mid-1917 to the end of the war, serving alongside the rather more popular Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8. Over 4,000 R.E.8s were eventually produced and they served in most theatres including Italy, Russia, Palestine and Mesopotamia, as well as the Western Front. In addition to the Royal Aircraft Factory, the R.E.8 was produced by six other companies including Austin Motors, Standard Motors, Siddeley-Deasy and Coventry Ordnance Works|
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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|389th Bomb Group added to the squadrons database.|
|347th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : G. B. Boreham : Squadrons updated (added No.58 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|New victory claim added : Fw190 (Probable victory.) claimed on 26th July 1942 by Stanislaw Brzeski of No.317 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : L. J. Allum : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|New victory claim added : Me109 (Probable victory.) claimed on 11th November 1940 by Robert Innes of No.253 Sqn RAF|
|Warrant Officer Dennis Baker added to aircrew database :|
Originally a Halton Brat, Dennis qualified as a Flight Engineer serving with 75 Sqn on Stirlings. Shot down on his third operation returning from Frankfurt on 3rd December 1942, he was held as a PoW for nearly three years in camps including Stalag Luft I, Lutz VI and 357.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : : Airframes updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Flight Lieutenant Des Curtis : Aircraft updated, Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Halliday : Squadrons updated (added No.58 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
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