By Alex Revell
This booklet strains the strive against background of British fighter devices. significant plane kinds are all coated, and their missions specified. plane markings and aircrew uniforms are proven in complete color illustrations.
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Moonlight bombing was therefore contemplated for the future, although it was becoming obvious that as the British defence system gradually became stronger, the Gothas would sooner or later be mastered. Twenty-one moonlight raids were carried out against England between 2nd September, 1917, and the end of the war, using Gothas and the even larger Zeppelin-Giant bombers. Some of these attacks were highly successful, but the network of antiaircraft guns that surrounded London by 1918, together with aprons of steel wire suspended from captive balloons, frequently kept the bombers so high that accurate bombing of the selected targets became almost impossible.
A brave but reckless man who lacked Brandenburg’s patience and careful appraisal of a situation, Kleine led his Gothas over England regardless of the weather and at various heights within reach of the defences, mostly in spasmodic raids over Essex and Kent, until, after an attack on Ramsgate on 22nd August, when three bombers were destroyed, the German High Command decided that the increasing casualties the Geschwader was suffering during the daylight raids were no longer acceptable. Moonlight bombing was therefore contemplated for the future, although it was becoming obvious that as the British defence system gradually became stronger, the Gothas would sooner or later be mastered.
In 1908, he designed an attractive monoplane which became known as the Taube—or Dove—because of its graceful sweeping form and the remarkable resemblance it bore to a bird in flight. , Etrich sold the rights of his monoplane to the German Government, who handed the design to the Rumpler factory at Berlin-Litchtenberg for development. The twenty Taubes produced by the Rumpler concern proved to be such outstanding aircraft that eventually a number of other factories began manufacturing the little monoplanes, and by 1914 more than half of the total aeroplanes assigned for use with the German armies were of that type.
British Fighter Units - Western Front 1917-1918 by Alex Revell