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Old 9 February 2024, 03:09 AM   #1
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Douglas Claude Strathern Evill

Douglas 'Strath' Evill was a pilot with No. 1 Aeroplane Squadron, RNAS in 1915, becoming a commander on 25 June 1915. He took command of No. 2 Squadron RNAS on 5 November 1916, until mid-1917.

Does anyone have a lead on the aircraft he would have flown? Any leads on where I might find this information? Dr Google has failed me.
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Old 9 February 2024, 01:21 PM   #2
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A new No 2 (Naval) Sqn was formed at St-Pol from 'B' Sqn of No 1 Wing RNAS on 5 November 1916. From what I can discern, they flew an odd mixture of aircraft at various times.

From November 1916 until March 1917 they appear to have been equipped with the Pup, Farman F.40 and, until November 1917, the Strutter. The DH4 appears from March 1917 to March 1919.

All a bit confusing, I'm afraid. This info came from the book "RAF Squadrons" by Wing Commander C.G. Jefford first published 1998, my copy dated 2001.

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I think Mastiff is right, they flew a mixed bag of planes and got newer ones as better ones were being built. No.1 sqn was also supplied with Sopwith Triplanes in 1916. they had some good pilots and CO,s in that outfit such as Robert Groves and Roderic Dallas. Dallas flew a Nieuport 11 for a while then switched to the Tripe and then the sqn received some Sopwith Camels. Ican,t remember his name right now because my mind is slipping as time goes by, but someone in that Sqn received the Victoria Cross.
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Old 11 February 2024, 12:52 PM   #4
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Thank you gentlemen.

I was hoping to identify one or more planes he flew, but looks like a forlorn hope. Not a lot of info on these squadrons.
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