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Posted December 24, 2007
I had not known previously to this book, that the Sopwith Dolphin had been in such wide service-and flown by AMERICANS who 'made ace' in the machine-prior to the introduction - in August and September 1918, of individual machines attached to various units - of the Sopwith Snipe, which, in its ill-fated Dragonfly-engined Dragon variant, was originally planned as the RAF's standardized fighter. (a point here which the book does not cover, but which I read in Air International: The Dragonfly's problem was that its most dangerous vibrational frequency was exactly that at which it operated, therefore making it useless unless a great deal of R&D was done, and a great deal of money thrown at the problem!) The Snipe did not have a chance to produce more than 2 or 3 aces before war's end 'Major Billy Barker, of E8102 Fame [1 vs. up to 60 Fokker D.VIIIs, there by earning the V.C.] was only credited with 4 enemy aircraft on this mission, actually his ferry mission back to England after a time-expired combat tour which up to that date had been fruitless!! Of course, after he spotted that 2-seater Jerry, the fun began...!'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.