By Mick Davis
Within the years sooner than global warfare I, George Holt Thomas was once an lively supporter of aviation improvement and a promoter of its army capability. The velocity of improvement observed him utilising a tender and proficient plane dressmaker by way of the identify of Geoffrey de Havilland, and the plane they produced went directly to make historical past. during this booklet, the writer tells the tale of Airco, the airplane production corporation, and of its diversity of goods together with the D.H.4 and D.H.9a designs.
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109 Squadron Lake Down - 82055, 82057,82096,85481, 85486, 85499, 85508, 85509, 85542, 85543, 85544, 85545. 110 Squadron Sedgeford - A7734, A7965, 89994. 121 Squadron Narborough - A7721, A7948. 125 Squadron Fowlmere - A7952. 126 Squadron Fowlmere - 82095, 85504, 85520, 85539, 87818, 87857. 127 Squadron Catterick - 85515. nickname bestowed upon the former: 'Non-Starter'. A 7459 was lost in the North Sea on 5 September. Yarmouth received a pair of BHP-engined Fours (N6395 and N6396) during that month.
Aylor, shot one of the pfalz down. HA. HAs for the RNAS, from the batch 5960- 6009, began to leave the Westland Aircraft Works during March 1917. Westlands machines differed in detail from early RFC deliveries: all had the 275hp Eagle engine ( k , I 11 I VII), and the majority 0 th,1l IIr I hal II had a revised upper r ar (II I. t . 1 I ,I restri ted field of fir for lh' 01 'rwr's gun; however, that situation was r '11\ 'dl 'd by raising the gun ring to lh' I,\, '\ of the inter-cockpit decking.
A second attempt on the following day ended with the same result. Four machines dropped out of a raid on Oberndorf on the 19th, but the remaining eight bombed. D. Keep MC, wounded and its observer dead. Stuttgart was brought back onto the target list, but attempts to reach it on both the 22nd and 30th were impossible, and secondary targets were bombed instead. HAs, from twelve that took off, reached and bombed Koblenz without incident. 9s had flown on ten raids for the loss of eight machines down in enemy territory, or 104 Squadron, with four such losses in four missions.