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    I wonder if anyone has access to the Camel File from Air Britain

    If so I wonder if it lists separately all 149 Camels that Served with US Armed Forces (143 USAAC and 6 US Navy) - At least one was sent to the US and was based
    at McCook Field, Dayton, OH - Trying to ID any sent to the US

    A Sopwith Camel crashed on 4th October 1920 due to engine failure which resulted in the death of its pilot Master Sergeant Strong B. Madan at Dayton

    It is listed as "F-94069"

    This is NOT a RFC/RAF Serial - I think it is a combination of its Serial (F) and its McCook allocation 94069 with McCook Field Project Number P99 - Some people think it may have had an McCook allocation 94063 (which is a conflict)

    I am wondering if the confusion is due to the RFC/RAF Serial and its McCook - Certainly there were Camels in the area of F94nn range

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    Paul

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    Paul,

    Individual listing for USN's six Camels only.

    In short section on 'post-war USAS use in USA' the following appears:

    7.20. 1 Camel with Engineering Division (Flying Section), McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio. Crashed 4.10.20 (Sgt SD McDann).

    Note difference in name of pilot.

    Errol

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    Errol thanks for checking the Camel File has same incident but an incorrect name for the pilot (though very similar probably transcription error

    Paul

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    Hello Paul,Are you able to look in " Sopwith Camel - King of Combat" by the late Chas Bower ?
    It has details of US Army and Navy use as well as serial numbers.
    Example
    17th Aero Sqn USAS - 39 serials
    41st Aero Sqn USAS - 19 serials.
    148th Aero Sqn USAS - 87 serials.
    185th Aero Sqn USAS - 23 serials.
    Have not checked if they served with more than one squadron.

    Take a look here it may shed some light - 94063 ?

    http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1908-1920.html

    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 18th February 2017 at 02:20.

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    There is nothing in the Bowyer book relating to the incident.

    Errol

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