Flying Guns of World War I by Anthony G. Williams

By Anthony G. Williams

This ebook describes the historical past of airplane weapons, their ammunition and their installations in plane. It commences with a technical heritage overlaying the advance of weapons, their ammunition, and comparable concerns similar to mountings and points of interest. this can be by means of chapters on airplane installations overlaying all countries and an overview in their use in strive against. Appendices contain finished tables of the gun installations of WWI wrestle airplane with info and illustrations of the weapons used and necessities in their ammunition. Comparative drawings and necessities of provider guns are supplied, plus illustrations and knowledge referring to their ammunition.

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At least three more, B740, B763 and B793, were created from spares and parts recovered from damaged aircraft by the Southern Aeroplane Repair Depot based at Farnborough. A Scout with the rather clumsy installation of the Vickers-Challenger synchronisation gear and Vickers machine gun. The Scouts were used both as escorts and interceptors, being hastily dispatched when enemy aeroplanes were spotted. Encounters with the enemy became more frequent, but were often inconclusive. For example, on 10 October 1915, Second Lt H.

Their future role was seen as that of reconnaissance and it was thought that speed would provide protection from enemy aircraft. For example, on 15 May 1913, Major F. H. Sykes, then officer commanding the RFC (Military Wing), expressed his opinion in a letter to the War Office about the Corp’s requirement for a reconnaissance machine that: One of the most important lines of development which should in my opinion be pursued is towards machines of large radius of action for strategically reconnaissance.

The No. 3 Squadron machine was usually flown by Lt R. Cholmondley and was later armed with two cut-down service rifles fixed to the fuselage sides and angled to fire clear of the propeller. No. 5 Squadron’s example was armed with a service rifle with the shoulder stock removed on the starboard side, its pilot, the squadron’s commanding officer, Major J. F. A. Higgins, also usually carried a pistol and grenades. Higgins, who wore a monocle to correct the sight of one eye, loved flying the nimble Scout, but failed to hit anything he shot at and was wounded in the thigh by a bullet from an intended victim.

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