A History of No.10 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service in World by Mike Westrop

By Mike Westrop

"No.10 Squadron of England's Royal Naval Air carrier was once shaped at St. Pol, a suburb of Dunkerque, in February 1917, as a part of the swift naval aviation enlargement programme required through the Royal Naval Air Service's dedication to help the Royal Flying Cor"

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It was his totally harmless CO, blissfully sailing over at about 1500 ft, with the sky flecked with enemy ships'. The 147th was also active on the 16th, starting with an II-aeroplane patrol between 1318 and 1500 hrs, during which Pip Porter dived on two Fokkers over Foret de Ris and drove one down, reporting it to have struck the ground 'flush on his nose'. That confirmed success may have been over Vzfw Gustav Nolte of]asta 36, killed near Trelou-sur-Marne. Meanwhile, at 1415 hrs, 1Lts Arthur H Jones, Daniel W Cassard and Frank Simonds engaged nine enemy aeroplanes over Dormans, Jones and Simonds both claiming Fokkers and the former - the only one in the flight to file a reconnaissance report upon his return - subsequently being awarded the DSC.

True to Wanamaker's words to Udet, the 147th Aero Squadron did do better at 1730 hrs that afternoon, when nine of its Nieuports battled 12 Fokkers near Chateau Thierry. 2Lt Ralph A O'Neill was awarded the DSC for his heroism during the fight, although no corresponding German loss has been found for the Fokker that was jointly credited to To the victor go the spoils. ltn Ernst Udet of Jasta 4 examines the wreckage of Wanamaker's Nieuport N6347 'Black 3', from which the German ace cut the serial number from the rudder - and returned it to Wanamaker 13 years later (US Air Force Museum via Greg VanWyngarden) 51 UJ UJ cc :::c l- cc UJ l- e....

The Fokker D VII (biplane) is reported by our pursuit pilots to be encountered frequently. ' By that point the Americans had already learned most ofthat information the hard way. "'T1 r -< Z G1 C"") :JJ C"") C en o < m :JJ C"") :::c ):» ---l m ):> C ---l :::c m :JJ :JJ -< Inclement weather gave the 1st Pursuit's men a welcome excuse to take the day off and celebrate the Fourth ofJuly, but the I47th made up for it the next morning when O'Neill downed a Pfalz near Chateau Thierry and shared another with ILt Francis M Simonds, while ILt Joseph C Raible Jnr claimed a third.

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