SE 5/5a Aces of World War I cover
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The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5/5a was, along with the Sopwith Camel, the major British fighting scout of the last 18 months of the war in France. It equipped several major squadrons, the first being No 56 Sqn in April 1917. This unit became famous for the number of aces it had among its pilots, including Albert Ball, James McCudden, Geoffrey Bowman, Richard Maybery, Leonard Barlow, Hank Burden and Cyril Crowe. In all, 26 aces flew the aircraft with No 56 Sqn alone. Other well-known units were Nos 1, 24, 29, 32, 40, 41, 60, 64, 2 AFC, 74, 84, 85 and 92 Sqns. A number of Victoria Cross winners also flew SE 5/5as, namely Ball, Mannock, McCudden, Beauchamp Proctor and Bishop. Among the aces, no fewer than 20 scored more than 20 victories. In all, there were almost 100 SE 5/5a aces, and a large number of them are profiled in this volume. Supporting the text are more than 110 photographs, 37 brand new colour artworks and detailed appendices listing every pilot who 'made ace' on the SE 5/5a.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Origins of the SE 5 5a/Chapter 2:With the RFC in 1916/Chapter 3: RFC in 'Bloody April'/Chapter 4: 1917/Chapter 5: 1918/Appendices: Aces; Squadrons and bases; Ace SE 5 5as; SE 5 5a pilot awards

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Published 10 Jun 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846031809
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 104 b/w; 32 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 78
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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