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Old 8 December 2001, 09:48 AM   #1
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Can you please tell me how the Squadrons and Jasta´s were equipped? How big were they etc. etc..?
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Old 8 December 2001, 01:35 PM   #2
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Perhaps it is just me, but I do not understand your question. Do you want to know the number of aircraft in each, the personnel, or something else.
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Old 8 December 2001, 08:21 PM   #3
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Sorry Leo!

That´s correct, number of aircraft, but feel free to tell me everything you know. I guess that the lifestyle was different among them as well, some lived in barracks and other in nice houses, right?
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Old 11 December 2001, 05:52 PM   #4
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>Can you please tell me how the Squadrons and
>Jasta´s were equipped? *

A typical British squadron consisted of 18 to 24 aircraft divided into three flights. Later in the war the British organised their forces into Wings, 80 Wing for instance consisted of 4 Scout Squadrons of Camels and SE5a's, a Bristol Fighter Squadron and a DH9a Squadron.

The reconn Squadrons were attached to a Wing which was then attached to an Army Corps. The Wing would contain squadrons in the Army and Cooperation roles, though the flights in the squadron would often split up and undertake those roles within the one squadron.



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Old 12 December 2001, 11:25 AM   #6
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The Royal Flying Corps originally comprised Military and Naval Wings, the Naval wing becoming the RNAS.

No 1 Wing RFC, made up of Nos 2 and 3 Sqns, was formed in November 1914 under Lt-Col Hugh Trenchard. No 2 Wing was formed at about the same time under the command of Lt-Col C J Burke with Nos 5 and 6 Sqns. No 1 Wing was assigned to the British First Army and No 2 Wing to the Second Army.

No 3 Wing RFC was formed in March 1915 of Nos 1 and 4 Sqns and was commanded by Lt-Col H R M Brook-Popham. At the end of this month, the RFC in France comprised 7 squadrons and one Flight (of No 9 Squadron) with a total of 85 front-line machines and 18 reserves. By the end of September 1915 it had increased to 12 squadrons with 161 front-line machines, 40 in reserve and four Kite Balloon Sections.

More Wings were formed to meet the expansion of the British Army in France (and overseas).

As more men and material were made available, the size of the air force increased, as did the size of its individual elements as indicated by Cam's comments.

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Old 27 December 2001, 09:38 AM   #7
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The Jagdgeschwader of the German Air Service are grouped under 3 groupings
3 Royal Prussian Jagdgeschwader
1 Royal Bavarian Jagdgeschwader
1 Royal Prussian Marine Jagdgeschwader.

The Jastas of the German Air Service are grouped under four
Royal Prussian Jagdstaffeln - 50
Royal Bavarian Jagdstaffeln - 10
Royal Saxon Jagdstaffeln - 7
Royal Wurttemburg Jagdstaffeln - 4

Did the Kaiser reign over 4 kingdoms making up Germany at the time ?
Were there another 3 kings and, if so, what were their roles ?
Did the naming of Jgs and Jas by references to the kingdoms mean anything in terms of organization, status, leadership etc ?

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Hello Vin!

Wilhelm II. was KING of Prussia and EMPEROR of Germany. The three Kingdoms (Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg) still had their own kings. And additionally there were still several other smaller countries with an own reigning nobility.
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Old 27 December 2001, 10:12 AM   #9
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Good morning Volker.

The far greater number of Royal Prussian jg/ja s reflects the dominance of Prussia. Was there a separate organisation, chain of command etc for the Jgs and Jas from each Kingdom or were they all part of the one organisation, the names signifying where the unit might be based ?


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Charles Nungesser:
If I may, I will try to add a little more here.
A British fighter squadron was made up of three fights of 6 aircraft. Later 8 a/c per flight,(except S.E.5a) A, B, and C flights.
Each flight would be commanded by a Captain, the assistant Flight Commanded was a Lieutenant (1st Lt.)
and the pilots 2 cd Lts.
The Squadron would be commanded by a Major.
Fighter Squadrons would be grouped into Army Wings of 3 to 4 Squadrons, sometimes 2 fighter Wings.
A Bomber squadron of 10 a/c in 2 flts of 5 and would be in the Army wing.
A Photo/ Recce Squadron of ? a/c " " " " " " "
Corp Wing, 1 Recce Squadron of 18 A/C in 3 flt of 6, One squadron for each Corps in the Army, generally 4
squadrons plus one Bristol Fighter Flight of 6 B.F.
A Balloon Wing of generally 4 Balloon Companies (one for each Corps.) Each Company was made up of Balloon Platoons, one Platoon assigned to each Division in the Army Corps.
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This would be combined into a Brigade wihch was commanded by a Brigadier General. There was one Air Brigade for each British Army.
Flights = Captain.
Squadrons= Major
Wings =Lt. Col.
Brigade =Brigade
GHQ RFC/RAF= Major General
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