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Topic: Unknown Type
Posted By: John-G
Subject: Unknown Type
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2014 at 10:32

Can anyone identify which type this is? There is a date on the photo 01/03/18 . Any help appreciated.



Posted By: AndyK
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2014 at 10:48
Hi John

I'd say it's an SE5A. As the markings are quite distinctlive, I'd imagine someone will quickly come up with a unit for you too :-)

Bomb rack mounted - which is unusual for high-flying SE pilots, so maybe March/April 1918?


Posted By: John-G
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2014 at 12:13
Hi Andy,

Looking at the AB SE5 Book you could be right.




Posted By: NickForder
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2014 at 15:46
Can you tell whose side the rubber neckers are on ?

I can find no reference to an SE5a combat loss on 1.3.1918, but on 3.1.1918 there is :
2Lt CD Skinner WIA, 29 Sqn - came behind Allied lines ?
2Lt RJG Stewart WIA/POW C1753 56 Sqn - behind the German lines. 

The markings don't look like 56 Sqn to me...

Posted By: John-G
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2014 at 16:40
Thanks Nick,

There is a date on the back of the card which is most likely 1/3/18 but could be 7/1/18,

having checked these date in TSTB there are no losses that I can see fit the bill?



Posted By: mickdavis
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2016 at 01:25
If that's a horizontal white bar on the rear fuselage side and repeated on the fuselage underside, it would be 84 Sqn pre-22 March 1918.

Posted By: John-G
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2016 at 07:13
Thanks Mick, I'll have to take another look at it.


Posted By: KK
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2016 at 15:39
So when did SE5s start using bomb carriers ? 22/3/18?

Posted By: KK
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2016 at 14:38
Actually l now see that 56 Sqn used bombs on 31/7/17 [Maybery and Turnbull] , while 60 Sqn used them on 20/9/17.

Posted By: John-G
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2016 at 15:36
Thanks Kevin, the date might be helpful?


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