By Alex Revell
By means of the fall of 1916, with the formation of the recent Jagdstaffeln, the pendulum of aerial supremacy had once more swung in want of the German Air strength. The conflict of the Somme in 1916 observed the RFC endure losses of approximately four hundred aircrew among September and November, and British casualties have been to arrive a zenith within the 'Bloody April' of 1917 while 319 aircrew have been misplaced, killed or taken prisoner of struggle. This was once the placement while No fifty six Squadron arrived in France on the finish of April 1917. outfitted with the wonderful new SE five, it was once the 1st fighter squadron of the RFC for you to meet the Albatros and Halberstadt warring parties of the Jagdstaffeln on equivalent phrases. The squadron's pilots received an immense tally of undefined, and through the top of the hostilities many well-known fighter pilots had gone through its ranks - Albert Ball VC, Canadian Hank Burden and American Robert Caldwell to call yet a number of. during this attention-grabbing learn, Alex Revell uncovers the early days and improvement of No fifty six Squadron, its victories and losses, and the beginning of a proud culture.
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He also wounded rhe observer in a rwo-searer. A farewell dinner for Maj Richard BlomField rounded our rhe day. 'Everyrhing was rhe same excepr Rhys Davids was nor rhere', Bowman recalled. Low clouds and rain sropped all flying on 30 Ocrober. The nexr day, afrer several indecisive combars, Maybery Finally scored, shooring down an AJbanos rhar fell away wirh smoke pouring from ir. This machine was possibly flown by UfFl Reinhold of jasta 24, who was wounded in acrion o < m :D -; I m (/) :t> r m Z -; Felix Cobbold's SE 5a B630 came down behind German lines on 8 November 1917.
The fuselage fell The wreckage of LVG C V 9775/17 from Boghol7, crewed by Ltns Werner von Kuczowski and Erich Szafranek, who were both killed. It was shot down by McCudden on 2 February 1918 for his 47th victory south of rhe town, rhe wings following more slowly, spreading over a wide area of countryside. Ufh Hanicke and Ltn DListerdieck of i<£ Abt (AJ 269 were borh killed. Ten minutes larer McCudden desparched a DFW from f I U m :t> :0 guns and the enemy machine side-slipped down into the ground mist. Its demise was later confirmed by AA batteries. McCudden then returned to Baizieux to have a malfunctioning Vickers gun repaired. With the weapon fixed, he tOok off for the frontlines once again, and :t> Z o Z m ~ -i after an hour saw a Rumpler at 17,000 ft over Bourlon Wood. McCudden carefully stalked the two-seater for 45 minutes, struggling to get up to its heightof21 ,000 ft. Finally, his mission finished, the enemy pilot dived for home.
No 56 Sqn RAF RFC (Aviation Elite Units) by Alex Revell
I U m :t> :0 guns and the enemy machine side-slipped down into the ground mist. Its demise was later confirmed by AA batteries. McCudden then returned to Baizieux to have a malfunctioning Vickers gun repaired. With the weapon fixed, he tOok off for the frontlines once again, and :t> Z o Z m ~ -i after an hour saw a Rumpler at 17,000 ft over Bourlon Wood. McCudden carefully stalked the two-seater for 45 minutes, struggling to get up to its heightof21 ,000 ft. Finally, his mission finished, the enemy pilot dived for home.