By James Miller
The appearance 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 means of No 24 Sqn and led through Victoria go recipient Lanoe Hawker, the ungainly but nimble DH 2 - with its rotary engine 'pusher' configuration affording very good visibility and taking out the necessity for a synchronised desktop 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 time. in spite of the fact that, via autumn German reorganisation had visible the beginning of the Jagdstaffel and arrival of the hot Albatros D II, a graceful inline-engined computing device equipped for pace and twin-gun firepower. hence, for the rest of the yr an epic fight for aerial superiority raged above the horrors of the Somme battlefields, pitting the manoeuvrable but under-gunned DH 2s - which have been additionally laid low with sundry engine malfunctions - opposed to the fewer nimble but larger armed and quicker Albatros D IIs. in spite of everything the Germans might regain air superiority, 3 squadron commanders - of whom have been thought of pinnacles in their respective air forces - might lose their lives, and an up-and-coming pilot (Manfred von Richthofen) might triumph in a mythical dogfight and achieve unimagined heights combating with strategies discovered from a fallen mentor.
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