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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 Airframes database for : Hampden P4299 :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : R. Bradbury : Squadrons updated (added No.78 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Bell : Squadrons updated (added No.58 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|Warrant Officer David Fraser added to aircrew database :|
Was on his 4th Operation as a Rear Gunner with 115 Sqn on Wellingtons when he was shot down by night fighters on a raid to Hamburg on 10th May 1941. He then spent 4 years as a Prisoner of War.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : : Airframes updated|
|Stirling EH907 (WP-O) of No.90 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Hoy added to aircrew database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Warrant Officer E. Mayne : Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Warrant Officer)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Campbell :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : D. W. F. Barker : Squadrons updated (added No.83 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
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