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'... A Gallant and Worthy Foe' - a short history of the military flying career of The Red Baron

9TREVOR TORKINGTON – ‘Lives of the first World War’ remote volunteer

Rittmeister Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen – the ‘Red Baron’ – is credited with shooting down 80 enemy aircraft during his career with… 2,463 more words

The legendary Sopwith Camel - Icon of WW1 fliers

The first really star plane of the Royal AirForce was the Sopwith Camel which was already in service for the Royal Flying Corps.

The Camel grew out of the Sopwith Pup, a little fighter introduced in 1916, but which was soon outclassed by the German Albatroses and Halberstadts. 878 more words

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Cadet Clifford Norman Murray

This is part of a series of essays about the First World War casualties commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Pennsylvania.

Clifford Norman Murray was born on 6 July 1897 at Pensnett, Staffordshire (now in the West Midlands), the eldest of the three children of Thomas and Ada Murray. 411 more words

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100 Years of the RAF

This week sees the 100th anniversary of the oldest dedicated air force in the world, the Royal Airforce or RAF.

The formation of the RAF was partly a bureaucratic cost-saving exercise by the Prime Minister Lloyd George. 1,151 more words

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Richmond WW1 Diary 1 April 1918

Royal Air Force formed |

When the war started in 1914, people had only been successfully flying aeroplanes for a few years. Planes were very flimsy, made of a wooden frame covered with fabric and held together with wire. 319 more words

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Saturday 30 March 1918 We Lost 1,535

Lieutenant Alan Jerrard (Royal Flying Corps) flies an offensive patrol with Lieutenant Peter Carpenter and Lieutenant Harold Eycott-Martin patrol over the Austro-Hungarian Mansue aerodrome.  Lieutenant Jerrard attacks five enemy airplanes and shoots one down in flames, following it down to within one hundred feet of the ground.  1,529 more words

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March 29, 1918

A Derbyshire Sherwood Forester, ‘mentioned in dispatches’ for having scored both goals in the Ashbourne soldiers’ game of Shrovetide Football played in France was this week reported wounded in action. 628 more words