Air International 1995-01
L.Rogers - Cross & Cockade /Flying colours/
Nieuport 17 A6684, of 29 Squadron RFC was forced to land behind enemy lines on April 29, 1917, whilst being flown by Sgt G Humble. Note the lack of a Lewis gun on the centre section. This aircraft has British national markings on the fuselage and converted French markings on the wings. The broad red band on the fuselage is the squadron insignia.
Spad S.XIII B6732 of 23 Squadron RFC, was piloted by Lt Doyle on February 26, 1918, when it was shot down by Ob Lt Von Tutschek, north of Laon.
This Morane Parasol Type L was delivered to 3 Squadron RFC on December 26, 1914, and was forced down the following month, on January 22, flying over Dutch territory. Note the small size and position of the underwing Union Jacks. The underwing national marking is the original French one, overpainted to the RFC pattern and retaining the large centre spot.
Prewar BE2a No 601, modified with a high-aspect ratio tailplane, braced with an inverted vee king post, and two fin surfaces above the wing centre section. This aircraft was used by Edward Busk for experiments into inherent stability. It is believed that this is the aircraft in which he was killed when it caught fire whilst flying over Laffan's Plain, Hampshire, on November 5, 1914.
BE2b No 487, of 4 Squadron, sporting a Union Jack on the rudder and cockades under the wings. This aircraft suffered an engine failure during a bombing raid on the Lille railway junction March 11, 1915.
This view of BE2b No 650, unfortunate though it is, illustrates the prominence of the underwing Union Jacks.
FE8 No 7616, flown by 2Lt S W Taylor, 41 Squadron RFC, on January 24, 1917. It was later written off after turning whilst being flown by 2Lt S Hay.
Plan view of FE8 7616 shows the repetition of the squadron code letter ‘2’ above the wing.
SE5A D6940 in the presentation markings Parish of Inch No 2 of the late period. It was later used by 29 Squadron RAF.