Download PDF by Jon Guttman, Harry Dempsey, Mark Postlethwaite: Reconnaissance and Bomber Aces of World War I

By Jon Guttman, Harry Dempsey, Mark Postlethwaite

Usually overshadowed by means of the combatants that both secure or threatened them, two-seater reconnaissance plane played the oldest and such a lot strategically very important aerial activity of global struggle 1 a role that required them to come with the intelligence they accrued in any respect expenditures. Bomber sorties have been both vital and unsafe, and the very nature of either different types of venture required entering into harm's means. A notable variety of British, French and German two-seater groups controlled to realize or exceed the 5 victories had to in achieving the acedom popularly linked to their single-seat nemeses, and during this booklet, with wealthy illustrations and first-hand debts of the veterans themselves, they obtain their long-overdue acceptance. Many high-scoring single-seat fighter aces additionally begun their careers in two-seaters, fairly within the early phases of the clash, and their exploits as both pilots or observers are distinct the following too.

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The latter included 2Lt Robert Chalmers from Glasgow and Lt Cyril Justin Heywood from Hagley, Stourbridge, both of whom scored six victories with No 205 Sqn, Thomas Frederick Le Mesurier was born in Merton Park, Surrey, on 16 February 1897. Joining the RNAS on 23 July 1915, he obtained his aero certificate on 17 March 1916. Posted to 5 Naval Squadron in February 1917, he scored seven victories in DH 4s (six of them with Gunlayer H S Jackson as his observer). Later serving with 11 Naval Squadron, which became No 211 Sqn in the RAF from 1 April 1918, he and 2Lt R Lardner were killed on 26 May 1918 when their DH 9 D1693 broke up over Pervyse, probably due to flak damage.

He died on 30 October 1971 (Norman Franks) as well as pilots Capt William Grossart from Dumfries, Scotland, and Lt William Henry Clarke from Harrogate, Yorkshire, as well as bombardier 2Lt Charles Myers Wickham from Halifax, Yorkshire, all three of whom were credited with five victories each. Sharing in Chalmers’ six was his bombardier, 2Lt Stanley Herbert Hamblin from Newbury, Berkshire. In No 202 Sqn, Lt Lionel Arthur Ashfield from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, was awarded the DFC for logging 62 sorties, 17 combats and five victories.

On 22 August he and 2Lt D W T Fox scored another ‘flamer’ southeast of Carvin, although the Germans record no comparable loss. Roulstone was posted to Home Establishment on 4 September and gazetted for the MC on the 19th. On 27 February 1918 Capt Roulstone returned to the front as a flight leader in No 57 Sqn. Flying DH 4 A7901 with Lt D F V Page, he downed an Albatros D V OOC east of Ledeghem on 13 March. Four days later he and 2Lt William Charles Venmore, a former London Fusilier with two previous victories German personnel examine DH 4 A7583, which was one of three aircraft of No 57 Sqn lost to Jasta 18 pilots over Roulers on 2 October 1917.

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