Posted 20 December 2007 - 09:57 AM
I'd question the speculation that 51 Sqn was operating FE2bs in September 1916. The type was a precious commodity for use with the 2-seater fighter squadrons in France and it wasn't until the spring of 1917 that larger numbers were released for HD duty. 51 Sqn operated BE2cs and a few BE12s for most of 1916, the former being flown as single seaters on HD work.
51 SQUADRON RFC/RAF
Formed at Mousehold Heath 15.5.1916 with nucleus from 9 RS HD detachment. To Thetford 1.6.1916. Mousehold Heath and Narborough were intended as Flight Stations but were not taken up. HQ to Hingham 23.9.1916 with flights detached to Harling Road (A Flt), Mattishall (B Flt) and Marham (C Flt). B Flt to Marham and C Flt to Mattishall 7.7.1917. HQ to Marham 7.8.1917. A Flt to Tydd St Mary 14.9.1917. Flights re-organised 2.1918 with A Flt to Mattishall, B Flt to Tydd St Mary and C Flt to Marham. Intended establishment at 6.1918 set at 24 Bristol F2B. Intended establishment at Autumn 1918 set at 18 Avro 504K (NF). To Sutton’s Farm 14.5.1919 and disbanded 13.6.1919.
Major H Wyllie from 18.7.1916 to 11.9.1917. Major FC Baker from 11.9.1917 until 18.3.1918. Major H Wyllie from 23.3.1918 until 16.6.1918. Captain HLH Owen from 21.8.1918 until 13.6.1919.
Landing Grounds († existing aerodrome; ‡ later upgraded to aerodrome/Flight Station)
Ashfield/Elmswell‡, Bedfield, Bungay, Bury-St-Edmunds, Coldham, Cotton, Earsham, Freethorpe, Frettenham, Gooderstone Warren, Hadleigh‡, Marsham, Martlesham Heath†, Methwold, Mousehold Heath†, Narborough, Newmarket, North Elmham, Saxthorpe, Scoulton, Sedgeford†, Sible Heddingham, Sporle, Taverham, Thetford†, Tibenham, Tottenhill, Tydd St Mary‡, West Rudham.
Boyland Common, Crownthorpe, East Harling, Little Fridds Farm, Marham aerodrome, Mattishall aerodrome, Necton, North Wooton, Scoulton, Setchley, Yaxham.
Representative Aeroplanes (* armed with Vickers 1-lb pom-pom)
Airco DH10 C8658.
Avro 504A/J A9785, B3182.
Martinsyde G.102 A4002.
RAF BE2c 2473, 2474, 2489, 2717, 2734, 4099, 4575.
RAF BE2d 6256.
RAF BE2e A1882, A1892.
RAF BE12 6161, 6478, 6489, 6496.
RAF FE2b 4870, 4871, 4876, 4885, 4980, 4985, 6970, 7004, 7005, 7008, 7021, 7676, 7679*, 7680, 7682, 7689, 7713, A787, A838, A885, A5466, A5519, A5520, A5524, A5525, A5532, A5533, A5543, A5545, A5548, A5549, A5551, A5610, A5619, A5635, A5679, A5723, A5724, A5729, A5730, A5731, A5732, A5733, A5735, A5753, A5754, A5763, A5764, A5778, B417.
RAF FE2d A6438, A6453, A6465, A6531.
Sopwith Snipe E7426, E7427, E7532, E7569, E7574, E7575, E7578, E7580, E7582.
Vickers FB.14 A678, A686.