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Re: No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2016, 22:40:22 »
1918.

29-30 January, 3 Giants raid London (12/80)
Bekesbourne
           BE12 A613 2nd Lieut J.A.C. Kempe-Roberts.
                  C312 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham, W/T tracker.
                   C3206 Lieut H.T.W. Oswell, (later flight)
           BE12B C3095 Capt J.S. Shaw, W/T tracker, returned engine trouble.
                     C3110 2nd Lieut A.C. Goldsmith.
                     C3097 Lieut H.T.W. Oswell, (early flight) returned bad weather.
                     C3090 Lieut J. Metcalfe.


Error in red. Should read C3182.
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Re: No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2012, 20:35:33 »
Remarkably, one of the aeroplanes used by No. 50 Squadron in 1916-17 still survives.
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2C 2699, now on display at the Imperial War Museum, London.

RAF BE2C 2699 was recently moved to IWM Duxford.
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Re: No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2012, 23:21:36 »

50 Squadron Commanding Officers 1916-19.

Major M.G. Christie  from 15 May 1916.
Major A.T. Watson           23 February 1917.
Major A.de B. Brandon     16 October 1917.
Major W. Sowrey             17 August 1918.
Major Arthur Harris          ? to 13 June 1919.

See RFC Bekesbourne @ http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2215.0 for photos of 50 squadron aircraft and officers.

2 more photos @ http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=107320
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Re: No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 21:34:53 »
Remarkably, one of the aeroplanes used by No. 50 Squadron in 1916-17 still survives.
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2C 2699, now on display at the Imperial War Museum, London.
http://www.demobbed.org.uk/image_view.php?a=4&s=2699.jpg
Built by Ruston, Proctor and Co of Lincoln, it served with No. 50 Squadron cMay 1916-cMay 1917. It flew at least 5 anti Zeppelin sorties as listed above.
Later it served with 190 and 192 Night Training Squadrons and No. 51 Home Defence Squadron.
After a forced landing it was withdrawn from service and passed to the IWM.
As restored the aircraft is in clear doped linen. In No. 50 Squadron service it would have been painted lampblack overall, as per the letter of 15-8-1916 above.
The only other photo I have seen of a 50 Squadron BE2C, number unknown, shows the front cockpit faired over and a skull and crossbones painted just forward of the rear cockpit.
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Re: No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2012, 23:51:13 »
1918.
Sorties flown against German air raids,
all night time.

28-29 January, 1918, 7 Gothas, 1 Giant raid London (11/103)
Bekesbourne
           Seven sorties, details unknown.
Detling
           Four sorties, details unknown.

29-30 January, 3 Giants raid London (12/80)
Bekesbourne
           BE12 A613 2nd Lieut J.A.C. Kempe-Roberts.
                   C312 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham, W/T tracker.
                   C3206 Lieut H.T.W. Oswell, (later flight)
           BE12B C3095 Capt J.S. Shaw, W/T tracker, returned engine trouble.
                     C3110 2nd Lieut A.C. Goldsmith.
                     C3097 Lieut H.T.W. Oswell, (early flight) returned bad weather.
                     C3090 Lieut J. Metcalfe.
Detling
           AW FK8 B3316 Maj A.A.B. Thomson, Lieut T.E. Garside.
                       B224  2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton, Lieut H. Harris.
                       B223  2nd Lieut F.V. Bryant, 2nd Lieut V.H. Newton.
                       B4017 Lieut C. Ossenton, 2nd Lieut R.C. Cowl.
                       B229  2nd Lieut N.F. Perris, 2nd Air Mechanic H.G. Brothers.
Bryant/Newton briefly encountered Staaken RVI 39/16 near Hythe.
Oulton/Harris briefy encountered Staaken RVI 25/16 east of Sheerness.

The whole of 50 Squadron moved to Bekesbourne 8th Febrary 1918.

16-17 February, 4 Giants raid London/Dover (6/60)
          BE12 C3206 2nd Lieut A.C. Goldsmith.
                  C3182 Lieut L. Lucas.
                   6509  Lieut W.G. Latham.
                  C3097 Lieut C.J. Chabot.
                  C3095 Capt J.S. Shaw, W/T tracker.
                  C3110 Lieut J. Metcalfe.
Staaken R.IV R12/15 hit balloon apron cable at Woolwich with slight damage.
Seen by Lucas flying due east at 10,500ft nw of Sandwich, his Lewis gun jammed after one round, he cleared stoppage but enemy pulled away as he finished the drum. He lost contact while changing drums and under A-A fire.

17-18 February, 1 Giant raids London (9/69)
          BE2E 6817 Lieut J.E. King.
                  B4463 2nd Lieut W.J. McSweeney.
          BE12 6509 Capt J.S. Shaw, W/T tracker.
                  C3182 Lieut W.G. Latham, W/T tracker.
                   ????   Lieut H.T.W. Oswell.
                  C3206 2nd Lieut A.C. Goldsmith.
          BE12A A6313 Lieut J.A.C. Kempe-Roberts.
          BE12B C3110 Lieut C.J. Chabot.
                   C3090 Lieut J. Metcalfe.
     No contact.

7-8 March, 5 Giants raid London (6/42)
          BE12 C3220 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham, W/T tracker.
                  C3182 Capt J.S. Shaw, W/T tracker.
                  C3206 2nd Lieut C. Packham, returned engine trouble.
          BE12B C3110 2nd Lieut A.C. Goldsmith.
                    C3097 Capt C.J. Chabot.
                    C3090 Lieut J. Metcalfe.
     No contact.

1st April 1918. Royal Air Force formed from Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service.

19-20 May, 28 Gothas raid London (9/88)
           BE12 C3220 Capt J.M. Taylor, W/T tracker.
           BE12B C3106 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham, W/T tracker.
           SE5A C1073 Lieut W. Partridge, returned engine trouble.
                   D5995 Lieut L. Lucas.
                   D5984 Capt C.E. Holman.
                   C1087 Lieut M.L.F.A. Aymard.
                   C1756 2nd Lieut  A.C. Goldsmith.
                   D6020 Lieut H.T.W. Oswell.
                   D5984 Lieut C.W.D. Bell.
Holman fired 300 rounds at a bomber flying NW near Canterbury.

Squadron disbanded 13th June 1919.

50 Squadron commanding Officers.

Maj M.G. Christie, from 15th May 1916.
Maj A.T. Watson, 23 February 1917.
Maj A. de B. Brandon, 16 October 1917.
Maj W. Sowrey, 17 August 1918.
Maj A.T. Harris.

Aircraft types used
Royal Aircraft Factory, BE2A, BE2C, BE2E, BE12, BE12A, BE12B, RE8, SE5A.
Sopwith Pup.
Sopwith Camel F.1, from late 1918.
Vickers FB19.
Vickers ES1.
Armstrong Whitworth FK8.

Sources
The Air Defence of Britain 1914-1918. Cole and Cheesman.
Throwley 1917-1919. A J Moor.
Windsock International Vol 3/4.
Windsock International Vol 4/2.


              
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Re: No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2012, 23:07:46 »
1917
Sorties flown against German air raids.


7 July, daytime, 22 Gothas raid London (13/89)
A Flight Detling
            BE12A A6313 2nd Lieut L. Lucas.
            BE2A   ????       ??????
B Flight Throwley
            Sopwith Pup B1711 2nd Lieut N.E. Chandler.
            AW FK8 B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace, 2nd Lieut G. Murray.
            + 3 sorties, details unknown.
C Flight Bekesboure
            Vickers ES1 ??? pilot ?
            Sopwith Pups 5 sorties, details not known.
Spotting ground signals pointing aircraft to the Girdler lightship, Frederick Grace, pilot and George Murray, rear gunner, were at 18,000 ft north of the lightship when they dived on a group of three Gothas on their return flight. After opening fire on one Gotha, Grace then turned to another, flying at a lower level. Jinking to avoid the return fire, he closed from 800 to 400 yards, firing his Vickers m.g as he did so. As he pulled up to one side Murray took over with his Lewis m.g. Dark smoke came from the Gothas centre section and it crashed into the sea.
The British claimed 3 Gothas shot down on this date, while the Germans record the loss of one aircraft.
Flt Lieut J.E. Scott. RNAS, flying a Sopwith Camel from Manston, also claimed to have shot down a Gotha into the sea, probably the same aircraft.

22 July, daytime, 21 Gothas raid Harwick and Felixstowe. (15/121)
A Flight Detling
            Sopwith Pups, 5 sorties, no details.
B Flight Throwley
            BE12/12A, 5 sorties, no details.
C Flight Bekesbourne
            BE12/12A, 5 sorties, no details.

12 August, daytime, 11 Gothas raid Southend (10/132)
B Flight Detling
            AW FK8 B229 2nd Lieut N.F. Perris.
                       B225 2nd Lieut F.U. Bryant.
                       B223 Capt C.J. Truran.
                       B224 2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton.
                       B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace.
C Flight Bekesboure
            BE12 6657 2nd Lieut L. Lucas.
                    6509 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham.
                    6185 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
            BE12A A6309 Lieut J. Metcalfe.
                     A6313 2nd Lieut T.V. Villiers.
Patrol line Bekesboure-Throwley-Dover.
   No contact.

22 August, daytime, 10 Gothas attack Kent coast (10/137)
B Flight Detling
            AW FK8 B225 2nd Lieut F.V. Bryant.
                       B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace, 2nd Lieut G. Murray.
                       B229 Capt C.J. Truran, Lieut R. Robertson.
                       B223 2nd Lieut H.T.W. Oswell, Capt Kirkby.
C Flight Bekesbourne
            BE12 6509 Capt J.S. Shaw.
                    6493 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham.
                    6185 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
                    6157 2nd Lieut L. Lucas. WT tracker.
            BE12A A6309 Lieut J. Metcalfe.
                     A6313 2nd Lieut T.V. Villiers.
2nd Lieut Lucas was flying a wireless carrying tracker aircraft and transmitted the first air-to-ground wireless telegraph message for home defence.
Bryant, Truran, Shaw, Latham, Metcalfe and Villiers came into contact with the enemy but too far away to have any effect.

Night time Gotha raids.

3-4 September, night, 4 Gothas raid Chatham (4/18)
Bekesbourne
            BE2C 2711 2nd Lieut L. Lucas.
            BE12 6185 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
                    6493 2nd Lieut w.g. Latham.
                    6157 Lieut W.L. Williams.
       No contact.

4-5 September, night, 9 Gothas raid London (3/18)
Bekesbourne
            BE12 6185 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
                    6493 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham.
Detling
             AW FK8 B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace, 2nd Lieut G. Murray.
Grace and Murray shot at Gotha near Faversham.

24-25 September, night, 13 Gothas raid London (8/30)
Bekesbourne
             BE12 6157 2nd Lieut L. Lucas.
                     A6313 Lieut W.L. Phillips, WT tracker.
                      6185 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham, WT tracker.
                      6509 Capt J.S. Shaw, WT tracker.
                      6493 2nd Lieut H.T.W. Oswell.
Detling
             BE2E B4507 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
             AW FK8 B224 2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton, Capt Kirby.
                         B223 2nd Lieut F.V. Bryant, Lieut R. Roberson, crashed on landing, crew uninjured.
   No contact.

25-26 September, night, 14 Gothas raid London (1/20)
Detling
             BE2C B4507 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
  Returned early, bad weather.

29-30 September, night, 4 Gothas, 3 Giants raid London (8/33)
Bekesbourne
             BE12 ??? Lieut Metcalfe.
                     ??? Liet W.L. Phillips.
                     ??? 2nd Lieut L. Lucas.
                     ??? 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham.
             BE2E ??? Lieut W.L. Phillips.
Detling
             AW FK8 B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace, 2nd Lieut G. Murray. Returned bad weather.
             BE2E B5404 Capt C.J. Truran, Lieut R. Roberson, Returned bad weather.
                     ?????  2nd Lieut N.F. Ferris.
  No contact.

30 September-1 October, night, 10 Gothas raid Kent and Essex (5/37)
Bekesbourne
             BE2E ???? 2nd Lieut H.T.W. Oswell.
             BE12 6509 Capt J.S. Shaw. WT tracker.
                     ???? 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham, returned engine trouble.
Detling
             AW FK8 ???? 2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton, 2nd Lieut Lamb.
                         B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D.Grace, 2nd Lieut G. Murray.
Shaw made first night sighting from a WT tracker, an unidentified machine over Faversham.

19-20 October, night, 11 Zeppelins raid northern England (4/78)
Bekesbourne
             BE2E B4511 2nd Lieut H.T.W. Oswell.
             BE12 A6309 Lieut J. Metcalfe.
                     A6313 Lieut W.G. Latham.
                     6157 2nd Lieut L. Lucas.
 No contact.

31 October-1 November, night, 22 Gothas raid London.(9/50)
Bekesbourne
             BE12 A6313 Lieut W.L. Phillips.
                     6493 2nd Lieut H.T.W. Oswell, WT tracker.
                     6157 Lieut L. Lucas, WT tracker.
             BE12A A6309 Lieut J. Metcalfe.
Detling
             AW FK8 B229 Capt C. J. Truran, Lieut R. Robertson.
                        B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace, 2nd Lieut G. Murray.
                        B224 2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton.
                        B226 2nd Lieut F.U. Bryant.
             BE2E A3134  2nd Lieut C.C. White.
Oswell reported a Gotha seen briefly NW of Dover.
Lucas reported 2 Gothas over Thames estuary.

5-6 December, night, 16 Gothas, 2 Giants raid London (7/34)
Bekesbourne
             BE12 6509 Capt J.S. Shaw.
                     A6313 Lieut W.L. Phillips.
                     6157 Lieut L. Lucas, WT tracker.
Detling
             AW FK8 B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace, 2nd Lieut Murray.
                         B224 2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton, landed Throwley with engine trouble.
                         B229 2nd Lieut N.F. Perris.
                         B3316 Capt C.J. Truran.
   No contact.

18-19 December, night, 13 Gothas, 1 Giant raid London (9/47)
Bekesbourne
             BE12 6509 2nd Lieut W.G. Latham.
                     A6309 Lieut J. Metcalfe.
                     6493 Lieut Stocks.
Detling
             AW FK8 B3316 Capt C.J. Turan.
                         B225 2nd Lieut F.V. Bryant.
                         B247 2nd Lieut Grace, 2nd Lieut Murray.
                         B229 2nd Lieut N.F. Perris.
                         B4017 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
                         B3316 2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton, Lieut H. Harris.
Oulton followed bomber across east Kent, but was unable to close gap.

1918 to follow.



        



    
          
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Re: No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 21:56:10 »
1917
Sorties flown against German air raids.


16-17 February 1917, night, single Zeppelin raid on Calais. (5/6)
HQ Flight Dover.
          BE2C 1767 Capt Storey.
                  4588 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
A Flight Bekesbourne.
          BE2C 2711 Lieut Rawson, returned early, engine trouble.
          BE12 6597 Capt R.G.H. Murray.
B Flight Throwley.
          BE12 6493 Lieut Butler.
    No contact.

1 March, daytime, single aeroplane raids Broadstairs, (4/24)
HQ Flight Dover.
          Two sorties, details unknown.
A Flight Bekesbourne.
          Two sorties, details unknown.
    No contact.

Strength 50 Squadron 7th March 1917.

Aircraft
Establishment   24
Actual strength  16
Available          13
 
Pilots
Establishment   18
Actual strength  16
Available          10

16 March, daytime, floatplane attacks Westgate (2/7)
HQ Flight Dover
          One sortie, details unknown.
A Flight Bekesbourne.
          One sortie, details unknown.
   No contact.

16-17 March, night, 3 Zeppelins raid London (3/17)
HQ Flight Frinsted Sussex
           BE12 A6313 Capt R.G.H. Murray.
A Flight Bekesbourne
           BE2E 6817 Lieut J. B. Hine.
B Flight Throwley
           BE2C 2699 2nd Lieut A.J. Arkell.
    No contact, heavy rainstorms.

6-7 May, night, one aeroplane raids London (2/4)
A Flight Bekesbourne
           Two sorties, details unknown.
   No contact.

23-24 May, night, 6 Zeppelins raid London (7/76)
A Flight Bekesbourne
            BE2E 6817 2nd Lieut J.G. Goodyear, recalled bad weather.
                    6817   ?  Burnham, later flight.
            BE12A ???? 2nd Liet F.A.D. Grace.
B Flight Throwley
            BE2C 2699 2nd Lieut A.J. Arkell.
            BE12 6185 Capt T.R. Irons.
                    6493 Lieut H.D.O. Windsor.
C Flight Detling
            BE12 6183 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
     No contact, bad weather.

Day time Gotha raids.

25 May, daytime, 21 Gothas raid Folkestone, (12/77)
A Flight Detling
            BE2C 2711 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
            BE12 6183 2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton.
            BE12A A577 2nd Lieut A.J. Arkell.
                     A6308 Lieut Carmichael.
                     A6305 Lieut R.W. le Gallais.
                     A582 2nd Lieut L. Lucas.
                     A6313 2nd Lieut N.E. Chandler.
B Flight Throwley
            BE12 6493 Lieut H.T.O. Winsor.
                    6185 Lieut Winsor, later flight.
            RE8 A3836 Capt T.R. Irons.
C Flight Bekesbourne
            BE2E 6187 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace.
            Vickers ES1 7759 Capt A.J. Capel.
      No contact.

5 June, daytime, 22 Gothas raid Sheerness, (8/62)
A Flight Detling
            BE12 6183 2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton.
            BE12A A6313 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
B Flight Throwley
            Armstrong Whitworth FK8 B229 Capt C.R. Rowden.
            RE8 A3840 2nd Lieut A.J. Arkell.
C Flight Bekesbourne
            AW FK8 B225 Lieut R.W. le Gallais.
                        B224 2nd Lieut J.G. Goodyear.
                        B238 2nd Lieut N.E. Chandler.
                        Vickers ES1 7759 Capt A.J. Capel.
Arkell, Capel and Goodyear sighted enemy but unable to close gap.

13 June, daytime, 18 Gothas attack London (12/94)
A Flight Detling
            BE2C 2711 2nd Lieut W.R. Oulton.
            BE12 A6313 2nd Lieut C.C. White.
                    A6309 2nd Lieut L. Lucas.
B Flight Throwley
            BE12 6185 2nd Lieut F.V. Bryant.
            RE8 A3836 2nd Lieut A.J. Arkell.
                  A3840 2nd Lieut N.F. Perris.
            AW FK8 B229 Capt C.R. Rowden.
C Flight Bekesbourne
            Vickers ES1 7759 Capt A.J. Capel.
            AW FK8 B225 Lieut R.W. le Gallais.
                       B224 2nd Lieut J.G. Goodyear.
                       B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace.
                       B238 2nd Lieut N.E. Chandler.
         No contact.

16-17 June, night, 2 Zeppelins raid London. (?/32+)
     50 Squadron details not recorded, aerodromes affected by fog, two aircraft force landed.

4 July, daytime, 18 Gothas raid Harwick and Felixstowe (8/103)
B Flight Throwley
             Sopwith Pup B1711 2nd Lieut N.E. Chandler.
                               A638 Lieut R.W. le Gallais.
                               B1796 2nd Lieut S. Cockerall.
                               A6153 2nd Lieut N.F. Perris, returned with engine trouble.
             AW FK8 B224 2nd Lieut W.R. Olton.
                        B238 2nd Lieut F.V. Bryant.
                        B247 2nd Lieut F.A.D. Grace.
             Vickers ES1 7759 2nd Lieut I.M. Davis.
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Re: No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 13:49:23 »
50 Squadron RFC/RAF 1916-1919
Formed Dover 15th May 1916 as a home defence unit, CO Major M. G. Christie.
Disbanded 13th June 1919, reformed May 1937.

Bases.
Dover, HQ Flight, from 15-5-1916.
Bekesbourne, A Flight, from ?-9-1916. The whole of 50 Squadron moved to Bekesbourne on 18th Febrary 1918.
Throwley, B Flight, from ?-2-1917. Expanded 30th July 1917 to form 112 Squadron.
Detling, C Flight, from ?-5-1917.
Harrietsham, from ?-10-1916.

Sorties flown against German air raids.
More details of the raids can be seen at Air Raids Kent 1914-18 @http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=9213.15

1916

2-3 August, night, 6 Zeppelins raid eastern England. No.50 Squadron fly 2 sorties out of a total of 32 RNAS/RFC sorties. (2/32)
Dover. BE2C 2711. 2nd Lieut W. A. McClaughry.
          BE2C 2699. Maj M. G. Christie.
  No contact.

12 August, daytime, 1 aeroplane over Dover, (2/10)
          BE12 6146. 2nd Lieut C. A. Hore.
          BE12 6510, 2nd Lieut W. A. McClaughry.
  Hore followed for 30 mins but lost raider in cloud.

Letter. 15th August 1916.
From:-Officer Commanding No. 50 Squadron, RFC Dover.
To:-General Officer Commanding, Dover Garrison.
Sir,
   I have the honour to report that this Squadron now posseses six fully equipped night flying aeroplanes for Zeppelin work, these machines are painted black all over, partly for the sake of invisibility but mainly to prevent the pilot becoming blinded by the glare of his wing tip flares which he ignites when close to the ground to facilitate his landing.
As our pilots will require to test these black machines during daylight in the Dover Area at times I am having white rings painted under the bottom planes and on the top planes.
(Planes=wings. HC.)
Does this distinctive mark meet with your approval and if so may we practice on these machines in the future without warning AACP on each occasion?
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your Obedient Servant,
(Signed) M. G. Christie, Captain Commanding No.50 HD Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.
Dover.
15.8.16.

First specialized colour scheme for night fighters.
Aircraft painted matt (lampblack) black.
A skull and crossbones was painted on the aircraft as the unit insignia.

23-24 August, night, 4 Zeppelins attack London. (2/16)
         BE2C 4142. Capt J. W. Woodhouse.
         BE2C 2699. Maj M. G. Christie.
    Woodhouse fired 11/2 drums at Zeppelin L32, but lost sight while reloading.

2-3 September, night 15 Zeppelins raid London. (3/16)
         BE2C 4588 Capt J. W. Woodhouse.
         BE2C 2711 Capt J. Sowrey, returned early with engine trouble.
         BE2C ???? 2nd Lieut H. H. M. Fraser.
     No contact.

22 September, daytime, 1 aeroplane over Dover. (2/11)
         BE12 8493 Capt Williams.
         Vickers F.B.19. A2992. Maj M. G. Christie.
     No contact.

23-24 September, night, 12 Zeppelins raid London. (4/26)
    Dover.
         BE2C 2699 Lieut W. Glenny.
         BE2C 4588 2nd Lieut W. A. McClaughry.
    Bekesbourne, first patrol from.
         BE2C 4142 2nd Lieut C. A. Hore.
         BE2C ???? 2nd Lieut H. H. M. Fraser.
     No contact.

25-26 September, night, 6 Zeppelins raid London/Midlands. (4/15)
    Dover.
         BE2C ???? Lieut W. H. Dolphin.
         BE2C ???? Maj M. G. Christie.
         BE2C ???? 2nd Lieut W. A. McClaughry.
    Bekesbourne.
         BE2C ???? Lieut H. H. M. Fraser.
     No contact.

1-2 October, night, 10 Zeppelins raid London/Midlands. (1/15)
    Telscombe Cliffs, New Haven, Sussex, used by 50 Squadron to meet any threat against Portsmouth.
         BE2C 4108 Capt W. H. Dolphin.
     No contact.

28 November, daytime, 1 aeroplane raids London. (3/21)
     Dover.
         BE12 6509. 2nd Lieut A. J. Hamer.
     Bekesbourne.
         BE12 6146. Capt J. Sowrey, returned early with engine trouble.
         BE12 6593. 2nd Lieut C. A. Hore.
      No contact.




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Re: No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011, 18:34:33 »
Thanks for posting Kyn, :)
Some of our members might be interested in one of my family posts that has been of great interest . It features a Lancaster crew from 50 Sqdn during WW2.
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,306290.10.html

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No. 50 Squadron
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2011, 16:27:57 »
A newspaper report from 7th August 1937 states:
Among the new medium bomber squadrons recently formed is No. 50, at Waddington, which takes the title of a unit which was employed solely on home defence during the war.
The original No. 50 was formed at Dover on May 15, 1916, and from October of that year had its headquarters at Harrietsham, with flights at Detling, Throwley, and Bekesbourne.  Six early different types of aircraft were used during its early months, but eventually the squadron was equipped entirely with Sopworth Camels.  Three of its five commanding officers remained in the air Force after the War Major M.G. Christie, now group captain in the midsummer list: and Major A.T. Harris, who hass been promoted to air commodore in this list and appointed to command the new No. 4 (Bomber) Group at Linton, Yorks.  No. 50 Squadron was disbanded at Bekesbourne on June 13, 1919.

 

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