By Mick Davis

Within the years sooner than international struggle I, George Holt Thomas used to be an lively supporter of aviation improvement and a promoter of its army strength. The velocity of improvement observed him making use of a tender and gifted airplane fashion designer by means of the identify of Geoffrey de Havilland, and the airplane they produced went directly to make heritage. during this e-book, 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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HAs decided to attack Mannheim, but then it was decided to press on to Darmstadt. HAs were also lost. Furthermore the crews of A 7781 and 09273 were killed, and 2nd Lts ]. R. Fox brought A7813 down to become POWs. Cologne was again the location of targets when twelve machines set out on the 22nd, but again it was not reached, the eight that had made formation bombing the alternatives at Koblenz. HAs bombing Treves when cloud banks prevented their reaching Cologne on the 23rd, and six attacking Luxembourg when high winds were the problem on the 25th.

HA w re attacked by enemy scout. 4 'Wullypug', shown earlier, is seen here after coming to grief on a visit to its neighbouring base at Scampton. 102s. JMB/GSL the first time for six weeks. March ended with raids on the 27th and 28th again t railway targets, probably in an attempt to disrupt the movement of material to support the German offensive in the west that had begun six days earlier. Only three raids were mounted in April, the first two, on the 5th and 11 th, being aimed at a German HQ in a chateau near Spa.

HA into 2N and 5 Squadrons coincided with the closing tages of the Battle of Arras and the transfer of British attention to a possible advance on the Flanders Front. The two unit were drawn into the preparations for this, and one of 2 Squadron's duties was an exhaustive photographic reconnaissance of the Belgian coast from ieuport to Middelkerque. That reconnaissance entailed making a erie of photographic mosaics to show the fall of the tide and, consequently, the ubmarine contours of the shoreline.

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