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Offline grandarog

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Re: 112 Squadron RFC/RAF 1917-1919
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2016, 17:14:26 »
Heres an earlier post about Throwley Aerodrome.

Also a Wiki article

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Re: 112 Squadron RFC/RAF 1917-1919
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2016, 00:04:00 »
Thanks for the links HERB COLLECTOR, I love the fact that the winner flew in his suit and tie, his only concession to flying being a pair of goggles
To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child......Cicero


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Re: 112 Squadron RFC/RAF 1917-1919
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2016, 23:34:39 »
The fuselage of one of the Sopwith Pups flown by 112 Squadron was discovered in a barn in 1973.

Sopwith Pup B1807

Built by Standard Motor Company in 1917 as part of a batch of 150 under War Office contract 87A461.
The Pup served first with 112 (Home Defence) Squadron RFC where it flew two sorties against the German Gotha raids as listed in the first post. The aircraft then went on to serve with 36 (HD) Squadron, 198 Night Training School, 76 (HD) Squadron (coded A7), and 39 Squadron at North Weald Basset.
In 1919 the Pup was sold to Wing Commander A R M Richards and was given the civil registration G-EAVX in November 1920.
The Pup was last flown at the 1921 Aerial Derby held on 16 July at Hendon. The aircraft was damaged in a landing accident after its pilot, Dring Leslie Frorestier-Walker, became ill.
The Aircraft was put into storage at Hendon, then moved to an estate in Dorset, where she lay untouched for nearly 50 years.

Discovered by Kelvyne Baker, the Pup is now being slowly restored to flying condition. As found the fuselage is in good condition and retained its original fittings and illuminated night-flying instruments. The Pup was originally fitted with a 100 HP Monosoupape rotary engine with its distinctive cowling. It was fitted with a 80 HP Le Rhone engine in 1918.


The 1921 Aerial Derby. British Pathé.
First plane; Bristol 29 of Alan Butler, followed by the two SE5A's of Capt W H Longton and F J Ortweiler. The Sopwith Pup is at 0.44, followed by the winning aircraft, the Gloster Mars 1 of Jimmy James.
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112 Squadron RFC/RAF 1917-1919
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012, 00:25:56 »
Formed from B flight of 50 squadron as Home Defence unit, 30 July 1917. Based at Throwley until disbanded 13 June 1919.
Reformed Egypt May 1939.
Equipped with the Sopwith Pup, it was a day fighter squadron until February 1918, when it rearmed with the Sopwith Camel for night fighter operations.
Prior to being disbanded it began to equip with the Sopwith Snipe.

Commanding Officers 1917-19.
Major G. Allen     from      30 July 1917.
Major B.F. Moore             24 November 1917.
Capt C.A. Ridley              1 December 1917.
Major C.J.Q. Brand          15 February 1918.
Major G.W. Murlis-Green   9 July 1918.
Major C.D. Usborne         6 October 1918.

Sorties flown against German air raids.

12 August 1917. Daylight raid by 11 Gothas on Southend.
112 squadron flew 9 sorties out of a total of 109 RNAS/RFC sorties. (9/109)
Sopwith Pups.
            A638 Lieut R.W.le Gallais.
            B1711 2nd Lieut N.E. Chandler.
            B1763 2nd Lieut I.M. Davies.
            B2158 2nd Lieut A.J. Arkell.
            A6153 Capt C. Sutton.
            B1769 2nd Lieut S. Cockerell.
            B1773 Capt S.H/ Pratt.
            B1807 2nd Lieut J.G. Goodyear.
            B1810 2nd Lieut J.W.R. Thompson.
Patrol lines between All Hallows and Dover.
Capt Pratt attacked Gotha near the Shingles, but gun jammed after 50 rounds.

22 August 1917. Daylight raid by 10 Gothas on Margate, Ramsgate and Dover. (11/136)
Sopwith Pups.
           B2158 2nd Lieut A.J. Arkell.
           B1763 2nd Lieut I.M. Davies.
           A6153 Capt C. Sutton.
           A638   Lieut R.W. le Gallais.
           B1711 2nd Lieut Cox.
           B1772 Capt Thomas.
           B2195 Lieut C.R.W. Knight.
           B1803 2nd Lieut J.W.R. Thompson.
           B1807 2nd Lieut N.E. Chandler.
           B2194 Lieut J.S. Poole.
           B1769 2nd Lieut S. Cockerell.
  No contact.

7/8 March 1918. Night raid by 5 Giants on London. (2/40)
      2 sorties by Capt C.J.Q. Brand, returned early bad weather.

19-20 May 1918. Night raid on London by 28 Gothas. (12/85)
Sopwith Camel.
            D6469 Lieut W.G. Scotcher.
            D6635 Lieut F.B. Barager. Returned early, unserviceable lighting.
            D6437 Lieut W. Aitken.
            D6473 Capt J.T. Collier.
            D6465 Lieut G.N. Blennerhassett.
            D6423 Maj C.J.Q. Brand.
            D6435 Lieut F.B. Barager.
            D6429 Lieut D.F. Lawson.
            B9301 Lieut E.P. Mackay.
            D6473 Capt T.M.B. Newton.
            D6415 Lieut A.C.S. Irwin.
            D6682 Lieut F.C. Broome.
The CO, Major Brand, achieved the squadrons sole 1917-18 victory just 11 minutes after take off. (23.15 hrs)
He was making his first run along the patrol line when he saw a Gotha flying west over Faversham at 8,700 ft, some 200 ft above his own height.
The Gothas front gunner opened fire and Brand got in two 20-round bursts, stopping the bombers starboard engine. The Gotha banked and dived to the north-east, Brand followed and, closing to 25 yards, gave three 25-round bursts. The Gotha burst into flames and crashed at Harty on the Isle of Sheppey.

Camouflage and markings of 112 squadron aircraft @
The squadron is well known for its shark mouth markings, first used in 1941.



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