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    Morning all,

    A little outside the normal scope of this board I know, and a bit of a long shot, but I'm hoping someone may be able to help.

    I recently came into possession of a photo showing DH9 D1177 "Britons in Chili No.1", and a covering note saying that it was on the strength of 100 Squadron when the photo was taken. From the DH9 file I have ascertained it was at 15 AAP in October 1918, from where it went to 120 Sqn, Bracefield, back to 15 AAP, and to 120 Sqn again in March 1919, where it stayed until August 1919. From Cross and Cockade V14 No.2 I've discovered it was the third aircraft to carry this name, and in A-B's "J1-J9999 and WW1 Survivors" it isn't shown in the list of DH9s still on RAF strength at the start of 1920.

    The photograph shows a bag of mail being either loaded or unloaded into the rear seat, which was one of 100's duties when they were in Ireland between 1919 and early 1922, and they did operate a number of DH9 aircraft while they were there, but D1177 isn't shown in the list of DH9s operated by 100 in Appendix "C" of Irish Air Letter's excellent "History of the RAF and USNAS in Ireland 1913-1923".

    Is anybody able to shed any additional light on the history of this aircraft, specifically if it served with 100 Sqn at any point in its career?

    Thanks in advance,

    Greg
    Last edited by greg; 14th February 2018 at 11:10. Reason: Thinking in Welsh, typing in English!!
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    Is it this photo Greg?

    http://flyingmachines.ru/Images7/03-...9-D1177_01.jpg

    Don't know where that site scanned it from.

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    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    Yes, it is exactly that photo!! My copy came from a photo dealer in the Netherlands, which only adds an extra twist of intrigue I think :-)

    L/O

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    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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    Hello,

    The style/font is reminiscent of Squadron/Signal. Could someone check their copy of S/S No.164 de Havilland D.H.9 in Action?

    Col.
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    Col

    It is indeed, on page 21, but they've moved the caption under the photo, rather than above as it is on the book.

    Greg - just out of interest, is your photo cropped the same?

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    Hi Simon,

    My copy isn't quite so closely cropped. The figure on the right is in full view, with part of another figure visible on the leading edge of the wing. If I can work out how to upload a photo here later, I'll scan and upload my copy.

    L/O

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

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    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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