Airfields & Airmen Cambrai by Mike O'Connor

By Mike O'Connor

This most up-to-date publication at the Airfields & Airmen of the 1st global conflict covers the earliest days of the RFC with the retreat from Mons. We stopover at the graves of Fokker Eindecker aces and the airfields the place the 1st Jastas have been shaped. additionally coated are airfields from which Allied aces reminiscent of Beauchamp Proctor VC flew and there's a stopover at to the yank cemetery at Bony that features a variety of aviators.

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Deperdussin’s company, La Société de production des aeroplanes Deperdussin (SPAD), had the brilliant aircraft designer Louis Béchereau. His designs, the Spad 7 and 13 were arguably the most important fighters employed by the French flying services. They were also used by the Italian, British, American and Belgian flying services. Over 16,000 Spad machines were produced during the war and in 1918 sales were in excess of 100,000,000 francs. Thus, by the end of the war, Blériot had re-established himself as the leading French aircraft manufacturer.

Each was a self-supporting organisation with its own Aircraft Park for issuing new machines, its own Kite Balloon Wing and all the other ancillary units such as ammunition columns, lorry parks etc. The Royal Air Force The public outcry about the German air raids on Britain, particularly the daylight aeroplane raids of the summer of 1917, forced the government to completely reappraise the whole question of the air services. A committee under the great South African statesman Lieutenant General Jan Christian Smuts examined all aspects of air policy and organisation.

This machine had a number of innovative features, such as a variable incidence tailplane and airbrakes. It had a good performance and the pilot was equipped with a forward firing machine gun synchronised to fire through the propeller arc. This was the beginning of the two-seater fighter, which the Bristol Fighter was later to demonstrate with such great effect. Due to the lack of machines for the forthcoming Somme offensive the RNAS transferred a significant number of their order for the Sopwith to the RFC.

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