Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War 1by Norman Franks
This book focuses on the combat careers of the last of the famous Sopwith fighters to enter service during World War 1, the Dolphin and the Snipe, both of which were built on the strong scouting heritage of the Pup and Camel. The Dolphin featured the unique negative-staggered biplane wing arrangement, which provided the pilot with the best possible tactical view
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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...!'