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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|
|349th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Stirling EH907 (WP-O) of No.90 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Flying Fortress 42-30032 : Squadrons updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : W. F. Hurst :|
|Douglas added to aircrew database.|
|350th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|New victory claim added : Me110 claimed on 15th September 1940 by Jozef Jeka of No.238 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : G. H. Carter : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley P4974 : Airframe notes updated (added 11-02-1941 : Whitley was ordered to divert course but misunderstood order and subsequently ran out of fuel, successfully abandoned. )|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley P4981 : Aircrew updated|
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