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Old 26 May 2009, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Scout Squadron ID?

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Old 27 May 2009, 02:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No. 1 Squadron-----formed on 13th. April (but as a lighter than air unit equipped with baloons) It was not until May 1914 that it was reconstituted as an aeroplane unit.

According to my copy of 'Fighter Squadrons of the R.A.F.' by J.D.Rawlings this photo was taken at Bailleul in the winter of 1917, and shows a mixed bag of Nieuports 17 and 27.

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Old 27 May 2009, 02:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello,

The second and third aircraft are rather Nieuport 24bis than Nieuport 17s. The latter had a rectangular cross-section of a fuselage. Airplanes visible on the picture have rounded fuselages. Besides, Ni 17s were withdrawn from the front line in mid-1917, while the picture was taken on 27th December 1917.

Source: Nieuport Aircraft of WW I by Ray Sanger and Nieuport Fighters by J.M. Bruce

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Old 27 May 2009, 03:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You are quite correct Marek-----the photo caption is not perfect

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