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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2020, 04:53:57 PM »
Ha Ha , I saw the Sqdn of Pigs fly over heading your way for an air display. :)

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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2020, 01:50:54 PM »
Probably ,but in some cases where an Officer has transferred to the RFC from his Army Regiment I understand he would take his Army Batman with him. Presumably the chap would then transfer to the RFC .
 Bear in mind the RFC was the flying body of the ARMY, until it became independent as the Royal Air Force in 1918. Most of the Officer/Pilots and Observers still wore their Army Uniforms and retained Army ways. My Godfather was an Air Mechanic in the RFC and the RAF from 1916 with 70 Sqdn  in France and finally Germany. If you look at the Pictures below of 70 Squadron Officers and other ranks taken on a Deer Hunt during  1917 you will see the Officers are still wearing the Cap Badges of their Regiments. Sid is the Chap bottom left with the grin in both Pics. The second has all the men named.


Thank you Grandarog. Hope your end of the village is not too wet. Our end bright sunshine, enjoying a BBQ.




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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2020, 12:57:28 PM »
 Probably ,but in some cases where an Officer has transferred to the RFC from his Army Regiment I understand he would take his Army Batman with him. Presumably the chap would then transfer to the RFC .
 Bear in mind the RFC was the flying body of the ARMY, until it became independent as the Royal Air Force in 1918. Most of the Officer/Pilots and Observers still wore their Army Uniforms and retained Army ways. My Godfather was an Air Mechanic in the RFC and the RAF from 1916 with 70 Sqdn  in France and finally Germany. If you look at the Pictures below of 70 Squadron Officers and other ranks taken on a Deer Hunt during  1917 you will see the Officers are still wearing the Cap Badges of their Regiments. Sid is the Chap bottom left with the grin in both Pics. The second has all the men named.

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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2020, 08:59:41 PM »
The Flying in a circle system is still in use today ,mainly with Helicopters. The Americans used it a lot in Vietnam.
The aircraft circling concentrates the inboard beam of downward fire to the target point at the ground centre of the circle.
Back in 1918, 4 or more aircraft could do it, with the observers firing the guns from the rear cockpit very effectively.


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I have an officer of the RFC in 1918 billeted in the Hythe Imperial Hotel. A 'batman' is mentioned, who looks after the officer. Would he be from the RFC as well?


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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2020, 11:43:58 AM »
The Flying in a circle system is still in use today ,mainly with Helicopters. The Americans used it a lot in Vietnam.
The aircraft circling concentrates the inboard beam of downward fire to the target point at the ground centre of the circle.
Back in 1918, 4 or more aircraft could do it, with the observers firing the guns from the rear cockpit very effectively.


Thx Grandarog:


That is what they developed at Hythe 1914+ and I found today, training gunners using gun-cameras which recorded on 120 film how successful they were.


I didn't know it was still used today so thank you.

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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2020, 11:16:54 AM »
The Flying in a circle system is still in use today ,mainly with Helicopters. The Americans used it a lot in Vietnam.
The aircraft circling concentrates the inboard beam of downward fire to the target point at the ground centre of the circle.
Back in 1918, 4 or more aircraft could do it, with the observers firing the guns from the rear cockpit very effectively.


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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2020, 10:40:15 AM »
Hello Mike, nice to see you on the new forum.       

I wonder if the "Invisible Target" reference has anything to do with the dazzle camouflage that was being experimented with at the time and being applied to shipping. Perhaps the RFC were inspired by this and working on something similar that could be related to aircraft camouflage?


Thank you for the welcome Smiffy. You look very well!


I am told it may refer to having a circle of aircraft around a target and firing. Sounds a little strange to me and dangerous for the others in the circle. More homework needed.




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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2020, 01:36:57 PM »
Hello Mike, nice to see you on the new forum.       

I wonder if the "Invisible Target" reference has anything to do with the dazzle camouflage that was being experimented with at the time and being applied to shipping. Perhaps the RFC were inspired by this and working on something similar that could be related to aircraft camouflage?


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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2020, 09:23:43 AM »
I have read several accounts of Captain Stuart Tinne today, can offer no explanation, at present.


A relation claims it was a " German Agent ".


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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2020, 02:03:12 AM »
I have read several accounts of Captain Stuart Tinne today, can offer no explanation, at present.

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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2020, 10:54:00 PM »
Ha Ha  :)
                 Got you in .in the end.
                 Welcome to the Forum Mike, good to have you. We look forward to your Contributions and Queries .
                 For the benefit of our Members ,Mike is a prolific researcher and contributor to Bygone Kent where he has had many articles published . Also he has several Journalistic awards for his efforts.
                 I am sure he will be an asset to the Forum . :)
                 


Did you get the case of wine grandarog?


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Re: Royal Flying Corps, Hythe
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2020, 12:35:22 PM »
Ha Ha  :)
                 Got you in .in the end.
                 Welcome to the Forum Mike, good to have you. We look forward to your Contributions and Queries .
                 For the benefit of our Members ,Mike is a prolific researcher and contributor to Bygone Kent where he has had many articles published . Also he has several Journalistic awards for his efforts.
                 I am sure he will be an asset to the Forum . :)