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    Snipe E7429 of 25 Sqn is listed in the Air-Britain serials book as force landing on 25.1.23 before being burned by its pilot.
    "Truculent Tribes" (also Air-Britain) lists the date as 19.2.23.
    Does anyone have access to the correct date please?

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    Hello,

    One version:

    25.01.1923
    No.25 Sqn, "C" Flight.
    Sopwith Snipe E7429

    Force landed due to engine failure Haidi Pasha, Ismid Peninsula (force landed after cylinder burst and machine burnt by pilot.)

    Fg.Off. Alan Edward Thomas BRUCE RAF, OK.

    https://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org....-edward-thomas

    Another:

    In Francis Mason's History of No.25 Squadron, you will find what purports to be a photograph on Snipe E7429, with the following caption:

    Believed to be E7429, another Snipe of No 25 Squadron, pictured at Hawkinge early in 1922. This aircraft accompanied the Squadron to San Stefano, but suffered an engine failure on 25th January, 1923, the pilot force landed at Haida Pasha and then set fire to the damaged aircraft. (Photo: via Roy S Humphreys).

    Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe.

    No.25 Squadron's first peacetime operational equipment was the Sopwith Snipe. Although most of the aircraft had been manufactured a year or more earlier, few had flown more than a dozen hours when they arrived at Hawkinge. A total of 22 Snipe were taken to San Stefano.

    E7429 - While based at San Stefano, suffered engine failure, and force landed at Haida Pasha, Ismid Peninsula 25th January 1923; aircraft burnt by pilot.

    See:
    Hawks Rising - The Eighty-Five Year History of No. 25 (Fighter) Squadron Royal Air Force.
    Mason, Francis K.
    Tunbridge Wells:Air-Britain (Historians),2001.
    pp.41, 214-15 & 217

    And Bruce's fate:

    https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bruce-3639

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 4th December 2023 at 07:32.

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    Default Re: Sopwith Snipe

    Col,
    Thanks. It certainly seems that there is a consensus for 25.1.23.
    I wonder why "Truculent Tribes" (a newer book) went for the February date?
    Andy

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    Andy,

    I greatly respect Vic Flintham, and have most of his offerings (I don't have Truculent Tribes!). I think he has made a simple mistake of mixing up Snipe E7429 with Snipe E7456.
    E7456 - Erected by 29th October 1922. Suffered engine failure on take-off at San Stefano; wing struck telegraph pole, 19th February 1923 - see: "Hawks Rising, p.215.

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    Col,
    Good spot, I'm sure you're correct.
    Andy

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