Aeroplane Monthly 1974-12
Personal album
Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe E8057 in service with 70 Squadron, RAF, at Bickendorf, Germany, in 1919. The aircraft bears the striped engine cowling of “B” Flight. Powerplant was the 230 h.p. Bentley BR.2 rotary engine.
The "office" of a Sopwith 7F.I Snipe. In the centre is the compass, flanked by the padded butts of the twin 0.33in synchronised Vickers guns. On the left is the altimeter, and the rev. counter is on the right. Beneath the compass is the control column with twin triggers and engine "blip" switch, and behind the column is the bank indicator, or "lateral clinometer". The magneto switches are at bottom left.
Another Snipe; this time E8321, “N”, carrying the sloping bars of 43 Squadron, RAF, on fuselage and wing centre section. Apparently the pilot escaped serious injury when the aircraft crashed on landing.
A Spad XIII in service with the famous 94th "Hat-in-the-ring" Aero Squadron, US Air Service. The USAS bought 893 Spads XIII, powered by Hispano-Suiza engines of 220 or 235 h.p.
A French-built Salmson 2A2 reconnaissance aircraft in service with the American Expeditionary Force. The initials TSF on the nose stand for "Telegraphic Sans Fil" - literally "Telegraphy without wires", and the word "photo" indicates that a camera was carried.
A Fokker Dr I Triplane in the standard streaked green camouflage. It carries the straight-sided crosses adopted in April 1918. The 110/145 h.p. Oberursel UR.II/III engine was a copy of the French Le Rhone rotary.
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 H7139 “D”, at Bickendorf in 1919. This particular machine was a rebuild by a repair depot.
A Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5A, probably with 92 Squadron at Bickendorf. The inscription "Army Pay Office, Winchester" on the cowling of the 200 h.p. Wolseley Viper engine denotes that it was a presentation aircraft.
An S.E.5A of 84 Squadron, RFC, which crashed while landing at Bickendorf. Note the diagonal bands either side of the roundel, later to become the markings of 43 Squadron, RAF.
A Handley Page O/400, probably serving with the RAF. It carries an additional fuel tank on the top fuselage decking beneath the centre section. Mr Woollett's grandfather is standing in the upper rear cockpit.
A captured two-seat long-range reconnaissance Rumpler CVII with British markings overpainted on the crosses. The machine bears the constructor's number "Rubild Mb 12212/18" and has a 240 h.p. Maybach Mb IV engine.