25 October 1916 – Naval Eight

Such is the desperation for pilots and aircraft on the Western Front that the RFC had made an urgent request to the Admiralty for assistance.

Geoffrey Bromet

Geoffrey Bromet

The call was answered today with the formation of 8 Squadron RNAS at St Pol. It is made up of flights from 1,4, and 5 Wings RNAS at Dunkirk. Squadron Commander Geoffrey Bromet arrived today by sea from Dover to take command of the new Squadron.

The squadron is equipped with a flight (6) of Nieuport 17s, a flight of Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters, and one of the new Sopwith Pup which has not yet been supplied to the RFC.

The squadron will move to Vert Galland tomorrow to take up a position As part of 22 Wing, 5th Brigade.

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