History of War

DEFENCE IN DISARRAY

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“THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1917 SAW THE RFC TAKING INCREASINGLY HIGH CASUALTIES ON THE WESTERN FRONT, CULMINATING IN ‘BLOODY APRIL’ WHEN OVER 250 AIRCRAFT WERE LOST”

Some of the delays experienced during the air raids of WWI were the result of the wasteful and chaotic state of Britain’s aircraft (and perhaps more importantly engine) procurement system. The RFC had been established in 1912 with a military wing, a naval wing, the Central Flying School,

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