British Fighter Units: Western Front 1917-18 (Aircam Airwar 18)
By Alex Revell
Publisher: Os Publishing 1978 48 Pages
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On in September 1916, Sir Douglas Halg pointed out in a letter to the War Office the urgent necessity for a very early increase in the numbers and efficiency of the fighting aeroplanes at my disposal. The success of the RFC during the battles of the Somme that year, and the services of 'incalculable value' the corps had rendered the army, had firmly established the principle of the necessity of superiority in the air for the success of future battles, but Haig cautioned that the enemy had made 'extraordinary efforts to increase the number and efficiency of their aeroplanes' and that they had 'unfortunately succeeded'. This, he warned, would result in the RFC losing its superiority in the air unless more efficient fighter aeroplanes were supplied in quantity. He enumerated the weaknesses of the RFC's existing types, comparing all but the Nieuport. F.E.2b and Sopwith Pup unfavourably with the new German fighters—'all other fighting machines at my disposal are decidedly inferior'.