By James Miller
The arrival and deployment of the Royal Flying Corps' Airco DH 2 in 1916 successfully eradicated the 'scourge' of aerial dominance loved by means of the Fokker Eindecker monoplanes. Spearheaded by way of No 24 Sqn and led by way of Victoria pass recipient Lanoe Hawker, the ungainly but nimble DH 2 - with its rotary engine 'pusher' configuration affording very good visibility and casting off the necessity for a synchronised computer gun - had wrested air superiority from the Germans by means of the spring after which maintained it throughout the conflict of the Somme that summer season. in spite of the fact that, via autumn German reorganisation had visible the start of the Jagdstaffel and arrival of the hot Albatros D II, a swish inline-engined computer outfitted for pace and twin-gun firepower. hence, for the rest of the 12 months an epic fight for aerial superiority raged above the horrors of the Somme battlefields, pitting the manoeuvrable but under-gunned DH 2s - that have been additionally tormented by sundry engine malfunctions - opposed to the fewer nimble but greater armed and speedier Albatros D IIs. after all the Germans could regain air superiority, 3 squadron commanders - of whom have been thought of pinnacles in their respective air forces - could lose their lives, and an up-and-coming pilot (Manfred von Richthofen) could triumph in a mythical dogfight and accomplish unimagined heights battling with strategies discovered from a fallen mentor.
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