28 February 1916 – Role of the RNAS

To date the RFC not really carried out much long range bombing as most of its aircraft have been involved supporting the Army. The RNAS however remains committed.

Rear-Admiral Charles Vaughan-Lee, Director of Air Services, published a paper today for the Joint Air War Committee. In it he outlines that the first priority of the RNAS is not to support the fleet or engage in anti-submarine duties, but ‘To attack the enemy’s fleets, dockyards, arsenals, factories, air sheds, etc., from the coasts, whether the coasts be the enemy’s or own.’

The Navy plans to deploy aircraft in Northen France. This unilateral decision has not gone down too well with the Army who want all resources concentrated on the forthcoming offensive.

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