Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c, F.E.2b, R.E.8 and S.E.5a fighters

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c, F.E.2b, F.E.8, R.E.8 and S.E.5a fighters

Data current to 20 Nov 2019.

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c

(RCAF Photo)

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c. 

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390890)

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c. 

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390889)

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e. 

 (Author Photo)

Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2d (Serial No. 5878).  This aircraft was thought to be B.E.2c (Serial No. 4112), B & C 1042, N5878.  This Royal Aircraft Factory B.E. 2 was built in 1915 by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company Limited and served with No. 7 Squadron RFC from 1916 to 1917.  Misidentified as a B.E.2c fighter flown by a Canadian who had destroyed a German airship, it was sent to Canada as a war trophy in 1919.  The aircraft was reconditioned and displayed at the National Research Council's Aeronautical Museum between 1936 and 1940.  In storage until 1957, it was restored by the RCAF in 1957 and 1958.  The aircraft was displayed at the Canadian War Museum between 1959 and 1962.  It was added to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum collection in 1964.  During restoration, the Museum's conservation team re-discovered the aircraft's true identity.  (CA&SM)

Royal Aircraft Factory (Farman Experimental) F.E.2b

(RAF Photo)

Royal Aircraft Factory (Farman Experimental) F.E.2b, "Gold Coast No. 10". 

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388494)

Royal Aircraft Factory (Farman Experimental 2), FE.2d, RAF (Serial No. A-6561), ca 1918.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388494)

Royal Aircraft Factory (Farman Experimental 2), FE.2d, RAF (Serial No. AI), ca 1918.

Royal Aircraft Factory (Farman Experimental) F.E.8

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390894)

Royal Aircraft Factory (Farman Experimental) F.E.8.

Royal Aircraft Factory (Reconnaissance Experimental) R.E.8 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390896)

Royal Aircraft Factory (Reconnaissance Experimental) R.E.8 (Serial No. C2281), "Punjab 22 Simla Hills", built by Daimler Company Ltd. Coventry, ca 1918.  

 (IWM Photo, Q 67552)

Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 two-seat reconnaissance biplane. 

(Australian War Memorial Photo)

Royal Aircraft Factory (Reconnaissance Experimental) R.E.8 with Incendiary Bombs. 

 (RAF Photo)

Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 (Reconnaissance Experimental 8) pilot with the RFC, being briefed by an Intelligence Officer.

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a  

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390895)

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388495)

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3523023)

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, No. 1 Fighting Squadron, Canadian Air Force, Upper Hayford, UK, 1919, flown by Capt Albert Debrisay Carter, DSO & Bar, Belgian Croix de Guerre, from Moncton, New Brunswick.  He also flew the SPAD VII and Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin, and had 27 kills before he was shot down and captured.  He died while flying a captured German D.VII (Serial No. 84422/18), in England on 22 May 1919. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390924)

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, Canadian Air Force Capt WB Lawson, OC, No. 1 and No. 2 Fighting Sqns, Upper Heyford, UK, 1919. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390899)

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a (Serial 6194), RAF, 1918.