The Aerodrome Home Page
Aces of WWI
Aircraft of WWI
Books and Film
The Aerodrome Forum
Help
Links to Other Sites
Medals and Decorations
Search The Aerodrome
Today in History


The Aerodrome Forum


Go Back   The Aerodrome Forum > WWI Aviation > Aircraft

Aircraft Topics related to WWI aircraft, aircraft engines and armament

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11 April 2012, 10:26 PM   #1
christophe francois
Observer
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 25

 
RAF BE2C single-seater

"In November 1916, 3 BE2Cs from the Coastal Air Station at Great Yarmouth intercepted and shot down Zeppelin L21.

The three pilots were Flight–Lieutenant Egbert Cadbury, flying RAF BE 2C, No. 8265 , Flight Sub–Lieutenant Gerard William Reginald Fane, flying RAF BE 2C No. 8421 and Flight Sub–Lieutenant Edward Laston Pulling, flying RAF BE 2C, No. 8626.

Pulling got a DSO, and Cadbury and Fane got DSCs for this action."

This version of the events is related in the same manner everywhere I looked. As there is no mention of observers, I assume these three pilots were flying a single-seater version of the BE2C. However, I also read that the single-seater version was called BE12, one that had an auxiliary fuel tank on the centre of gravity, in the position of the observer's seat.

My question is, were these three pilots flying BE12s or is there another single-seater version of the BE2C that I am not aware of ?

Thanks for your help.
christophe francois is offline  
Sponsored Links
Old 11 April 2012, 11:35 PM   #2
Doc
Forum Ace
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Sitka, Alaska, USA
Posts: 1,126

 
Francis Mason's book "The British Fighter Since 1912" has a photo of a RNAS B.E.2C "modified as a single seat fighter". Later, he mentions that "Some of the RNAS aircraft were flown as single-seat night fighters, the observer's front cockpit faired over". These seem to have been converted locally, rather than being produced de novo as were the B.E. 12.

Doc
__________________
"Don't think of organ donation as giving up part of yourself to keep total strangers alive. Think of it as total strangers giving up most of themselves to keep parts of you alive. "
Doc is offline  
Old 12 April 2012, 03:25 AM   #3
christophe francois
Observer
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 25

 
Thanks for the info. I am working on a mini-biography of Egbert Cadbury and I'd like to add a profile of his BE2C.
christophe francois is offline  
Old 12 April 2012, 05:22 AM   #4
Doc
Forum Ace
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Sitka, Alaska, USA
Posts: 1,126

 
Quote:
Originally Posted by christophe francois View Post
Thanks for the info. I am working on a mini-biography of Egbert Cadbury and I'd like to add a profile of his BE2C.
You're welcome. Just for information, Thetford's "British Naval Aircraft 1912-58" also mentions the conversions, but gives no more information than what I gave previously.

Lewis's "The British Fighter Since 1912" also has no more information for you than does Mason's book.

Sorry to not be able to help more--- Not my area. Doc
__________________
"Don't think of organ donation as giving up part of yourself to keep total strangers alive. Think of it as total strangers giving up most of themselves to keep parts of you alive. "
Doc is offline  
Closed Thread

Bookmarks


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bristol F2B flown as a single-seater? badlanding Aircraft 12 10 March 2010 12:14 PM
Non-single-seater aces Terraplane49 Other WWI Aviation 5 10 February 2010 11:25 AM
British single seater fighter squadrons alex_revell Books and Magazines 0 6 January 2009 10:09 AM
British Single Seater Fighter Squadron on the Western Front. Dan_San_Abbott Books and Magazines 8 23 January 2008 10:04 PM
Single Seater German Fighters That Carries Bombs Edward Leon Hsiao Aircraft 12 19 September 2005 10:35 PM


As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2024 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©1997 - 2023 The Aerodrome