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|Handley Page 0400||In December 1914 during the Great war the Royal Navy Director of the Air Department Captain Murray Sueter requested a long range bomber to be built by Frederick Handley Page. Handley Page responded to the Navy's requirements with a biplane with a wingspan of 100 ft/30 m The first prototype Handley Page 400 flew on 7th December 1915 and featured a glazed cockpit and armour sufficient to protect from rifle fire around the crew compartment and engines. The aircraft proved somewhat underpowered, so the glazing and armour were deleted on the second prototype that flew the following April and formed the basis for series production of the machine. For so large a machine, production of the Handley Page 0/400 was considerable with over 400 examples being delivered by the time of the Armistice in 1918. Its first missions were carried out during April of that year, operating both during daylight and by night.|
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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Radford : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Airframes updated (added Whitley P4981), Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Sergeant F. S. Wilson : Squadrons updated (added No.83 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|Stirling EH907 (WP-O) of No.90 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Spitfire P9368 : Airframe notes updated (added 06-03-1940 : Joined No.92 Sqn. & 26-08-1940 : Joined No.616 Sqn. & 02-09-1940 : Joined No.72 Sqn. & 03-05-1941 : Joined No.111 Sqn. & 17-07-1941 : Joined No.132 Sqn. & 31-07-1941 : Damaged in flying accident. & 09-02-1945 : Struck off.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Rae : Squadrons updated (added No.149 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1096 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Wellington was hit by AA fire off the East Anglia coast on return from patrol, the aircraft flew for Martlesham Heath but overshot the runway and crashed at Mill Field in Bredfield in Suffolk.)|
|Tilson added to aircrew database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim P4903 :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD722 : Airframe notes updated (added 11-02-1941 : Hampden crashed after flying into a building while trying to land at Finningley.)|
|New victory claim added : Ju88 (Half shared victory.) claimed on 14th July 1941 by Stanislaw Brzeski of No.317 Sqn RAF|
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