By Mick Davis
Within the years sooner than international battle I, George Holt Thomas was once an energetic supporter of aviation improvement and a promoter of its army capability. The velocity of improvement observed him applying a tender and gifted plane fashion designer by way of the identify of Geoffrey de Havilland, and the airplane they produced went directly to make heritage. during this publication, 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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Extra info for Airco: The Aircraft Manufacturing Company (Crowood Aviation Series)
MAFIS Lilbourne - 82114. Pool of Pilots Joyce Green - A7992, 85453. WEE 8iggin Hill - A7689, A7890, 82052, 85549. Medical Flight Hendon - A7993. 49 Squadron Dover - A7571, A7678, A7693, A7722, A7758. 83 Squadron Wyton - A7462, A7520. 98 Squadron Old Sarum - A7741 , 82096,85451,87891,89456. 99 Squadron Old Sarum - A7755, 82051, 82096. 103 Squadron Old Sarum - A7460, A7659, A7741, A7755, A7777, 82057, 82097. 104 Squadron Andover - A7765, A7980, 82096, 85491. 105 Squadron Andover - A7765, 85460, 85466, 85468, 85473, 85487, 85490.
Only nine [)'HAs out of twelve that departed made it to the target, but their bombing was successful, with a harrack' hit, as well as civilian areas. All returned safely, and an enemy scout wa' claimed as heing sent OOC. IIAs (A 7489, A7579 and B5966) wer lost, with two crews killed and another made prisoner. lweibrucken was vi ited on the 16th, Kaiserlautern on the 17th, and Mannheim on the I th, and all three missions were accomplished without 10 , although A7548 suffered extensive combat damage.
They were on a routine test of the new machine when the Gotha formation was sighted. Palethorpe attacked, but his Vickers jammed, and Jessop was hit and killed. Palethorpe landed and then took off again, with another gunner, in a vain search for the 68 enemy. He was awarded the MC for his actions. Further contact with the enemy was made three days later. HA sorties against the attacking force of twenty-two Gothas. W. M. Wills as his gunner, made contact, but his Vickers gun also jammed. Clappen followed the raiders, with Wills firing his Lewis when possible.