218 Squadron RAF query July 1918

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218 Squadron RAF query July 1918

Post by COmentator » 28 Mar 2024 14:01

edmund Gillette Chamberlain...was a USMC Pilot....it is allged that 28 July 1918 he flew a "Barrowed" Sopwith Camel {54the Squadron{?} to accompy a 218th Squadron on a bombing raid...

question 1) 27-28 July 1918 did the 218th Squadron have losses of 3 planes down vs 3 german planes down while blowing up a train on the Marne? and that in a second fight the 218th Squadron had losses of 2 bombers and 4 fighters vs 1 German Loss? {Chanberlaim claimed the plane he was in was disabled by gunfire-he then also claimed to have captured a Germand POW and rescued a wounded french officer )

He is also allged to have made claims of July 27, 1918 1 enemy aircraft destroyed 1 damaged July 28, 1918 5 enemy aircraft destroyed 2 damaged

Soppesdly he was going to be written up for a VC or the MOH decorations.....

question 2) at Touquin was the officer in Charge of UK Airman was a MAjor O.M. Vancours

Because his claims could not be confirmed he was courtmartialed and dismissed 1919 although he did make appeals to congress in 1921 and 1925...

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Re: 218 Squadron RAF query July 1918

Post by MikeMeech » 29 Mar 2024 22:56

Hi

No. 218 Squadron (DH.9) did not have any losses on 27/28 July 1918. According to Trevor Henshaw's 'The Sky Their Battlefield II' page 193, the only aircraft casualty on the 27th was a Bristol F2B of No. 88 Sqn. both crew members were OK. On the 28th two Sopwith Camels of 4 Sqn. AFC were brought down as well as a Camel from No. 73 Sqn. Two DH.4s of No. 18 Sqn. were also casualties. None of the Camels had Chamberlain as pilot, so the data does not match your post.
As for Major O. M. Vancours, what do you mean by the officer in charge of UK airmen? Do you mean the squadron commander of No. 54 Sqn? If so then no, as far as I can find the squadron commander of No. 54 Sqn. was Maj. R. S. Maxwell, M.C. through the period you are talking about to the end of the war.

Who is alleging Chamberlain's deeds, is it just Chamberlain? If so it appears no information I have seen has confirmed it as yet.

Mike

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Re: 218 Squadron RAF query July 1918

Post by COmentator » 02 Apr 2024 02:40

Thanks for answering this query....yes most of this account is from Chamberlains claims of Combat.... :thumbsup: :milwink: :welcome:

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