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The enemy pilots appeared too bewildered by the outstanding audacity of the British airmen to attack them effectively at first, and their own tremendous numerical superiority seemed further to confuse them.
One German plane burst into flames in the air, two more went down spinning and side slipping completely out of control.
The adventure made front page news around the world.1918. The British Royal Air Force R31 airship (dirigible) made her first trial flight of two hours under the command of Squadron Leader W. From her evolved the R32 and much interest from the USA."We commence this chronology with not what happened in Bermuda but what this Bermudian captioned above did above the battlefields of Europe as a Royal Flying Corps pilot flying for his mother-country.
Earlier, he'd been in the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps, was one of their contingent shipped to England to join Lincolnshire Regiment.
Realizing now that he was over an enemy aerodrome, he dived towards the first group of German squadrons, both he and his observer firing on every machine upon which they could get their guns to bear.
From there he was accepted by the Royal Flying Corps, later the Royal Air Force.
A formation of British machines had been carrying out some important operations well over the German lines.
It also served as a hiding place for Kiddo, a feline stowaway discovered by Mr.
Wellman and his five man crew after take-off on October 16, 1910 from New Jersey.