By Mick Davis
Within the years sooner than global warfare I, George Holt Thomas was once an energetic supporter of aviation improvement and a promoter of its army power. The speed of improvement observed him using a tender and proficient plane fashion designer by way of the identify of Geoffrey de Havilland, and the plane they produced went directly to make background. during this booklet, the writer tells the tale of Airco, the plane production corporation, and of its variety of goods together with the D.H.4 and D.H.9a designs.
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HAs, however, suffered no losses. On the final day of October yet another attempt was made to reach Cologne, but as ever, adverse weather intervened and so railway targets around Bonn were selected instead. l-lAs bombed the Burbach works at Saarbrucken, because the formation was then attacked by enemy fighters: two were clai med as destroyed, and another as driven down. On 9 November only one D. HA from a force of six reached the target, the railway system around Bensdorf; and the squadron made its final raid on the 10th.
This reflects the novel nature of long-distance bombing to the service, and the recognition of the arduous nature of uch raids for participaring crews. A significant sortie had been made on 6 December. It is not always realized that most techniques applied by the RAF in World War Two had been pioneered in the earlier conflict; photographic reconnaissance was one such technique. 55 Squadron was int nded to operate against uncharted targets, and so sorties hy individual machines were dedicated to both gathering target information and gaining assessment of raid results.
4s used on Marine Operations units had to face the added hazard of being forced to ditch in the event of engine failure or combat damage. Experiments were conducted at Grain to find ways to minimize the risks involved; one was to add inflatable flotation bags at the sides of the engine cowling, also a hydrovane and wing-tip floats. D1769 was one machine used. HA - THE FIR T 1'11'1-( llVI IMY BOMBER day of the month. [t was a successful raid, with all eleven of the attacking machines returning, and a claim for two enemy machines being shot down out of control.
Airco: The Aircraft Manufacturing Company (Crowood Aviation Series) by Mick Davis