Does anyone have information on the 5th Squadron, RFC for 1916 ?.
Looking for details surrounding the death of Lieutenant John Cedric Jervis who was killed in action on 26th October 1916
I have a bit more background info for you
source is 'Coastal Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF- by John Rawlings'
Commandy Officers :-
Maj J G Hearson Dec 1915 to May 1916
Maj R M Vaughan May 1916 to Jul 1916
Maj F J L Cogan Jul 1916 to Jan 1917
Apr 1915 to Mar 1916 Abeele
Mar 1916 to Oct 1916 Droglandt
Oct 1916 to Mar 1917 Marieux
By 1916 the unit was entirely equiped with B.E.2c and 2d
and embarked on night operations. At this time bombing was occupying much of its time; particularly during the battle of the Somme (July to October). Then it returned to its original task of artillery observation with 5th Brigade. By then the B.E.2c was an easy target for enemy fighters and the unit was reequiped with R,E,8 in May 1917.
No 5's markings consited of a band round the fuselage forward of the roundel and another band forward of the tailplane. These were painted black for clear doped aircraft and white on khaki aircraft. I have a small photo of an aircraft serial 2742 and can scan if you want a copy, It was shot down on 28th September 1916
Serials examples as follows :- B.E.2c
1728,1775,1784,2043,2129,2509.2523, 2588, 2603, 2616, 2684, 2755, 4085, 4114, 4413, 4501, 7327
5742, 5755, 5781, 6254, 6277, 6284