25 march 1916 – Synchro gear

A Bristol Scout (5313) arrived at 12 Squadron today. It is the first British aircraft fitted with a synchronisation gear to arrive at the front.

It is hoped that this type of aircraft along with the Nieuport 16s that have started to arrive with 1 and 11 Squadrons, and the arrival of 29 Squadron with its DH2s will start to turn te tide back in favour of the British.

Incidentally, 24 Squadron lost the first DH2 (5930) on operational duty today when 2nd Lieutenant Otto Lerwill was forced down behind enemy lines by very strong westerly winds.

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