By James Miller
The arrival and deployment of the Royal Flying Corps' Airco DH 2 in 1916 successfully eradicated the 'scourge' of aerial dominance loved through the Fokker Eindecker monoplanes. Spearheaded via No 24 Sqn and led by way of Victoria move recipient Lanoe Hawker, the ungainly but nimble DH 2 - with its rotary engine 'pusher' configuration affording first-class visibility and getting rid of the necessity for a synchronised computer gun - had wrested air superiority from the Germans through the spring after which maintained it in the course of the conflict of the Somme that summer time. besides the fact that, through autumn German reorganisation had obvious the start of the Jagdstaffel and arrival of the recent Albatros D II, a graceful inline-engined computer equipped for pace and twin-gun firepower. hence, for the rest of the yr an epic fight for aerial superiority raged above the horrors of the Somme battlefields, pitting the manoeuvrable but under-gunned DH 2s - that have been additionally laid low with sundry engine malfunctions - opposed to the fewer nimble but higher armed and speedier Albatros D IIs. finally the Germans might regain air superiority, 3 squadron commanders - of whom have been thought of pinnacles in their respective air forces - may lose their lives, and an up-and-coming pilot (Manfred von Richthofen) might triumph in a mythical dogfight and accomplish unimagined heights battling with strategies realized from a fallen mentor.
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Rangefinder added to roof of control top. Flying off platforms added to ‘B’ and ‘Q’ turrets (early 1918). HMS Canada 1915–16: No modifications. 1916–17: Foretopmast lowered. Searchlights mounted on after superstructure removed, and repositioned on a platform on either side of mainmast. 1917–18: Control top enlarged. Deflection scales painted on turrets. Range clocks added to rear of after superstructure. After pair of 6-inch guns removed. Searchlight position abeam of after funnel replaced by ‘coffee box’ searchlight towers.
Bridge structure enlarged. During 1918, flying off platforms added to ‘B’ and ‘X’ turrets. HMS Erin Note: Mainmast removed before Erin joined the fleet. 1914–15: Nets fitted around control top as a rangebaffling experiment. 1915–16: 3-inch anti-aircraft gun added. Four signal guns removed. Topgallant mast removed (mid 1915). 1916–17: Director control for main guns fitted below control top. Secondary gun directors fitted and control top enlarged. Additional 3-inch anti-aircraft gun mounted. 1917–18: Control top enlarged.
In April 1916 the Orions moved to Rosyth in the Firth of Forth, and operated from there until the war’s end. The sinking of the King George V-class super dreadnought Audacious off the Irish coast on 27 October 1914. King George V Class On commissioning in November 1912 King George V joined the Home Fleet based in Portsmouth, and was the British flagship during the celebrations surrounding the opening of the Kiel Canal in June 1914. She then went into refit until the following March, when she joined the 2nd Battle Squadron, based in Scapa Flow.