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Sopwith Dolphin C8189, RAF 79, Capt. F.J. Stevenson

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#1 Louvert

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 23:54


File download link: Sopwith Dolphin C8189

Sopwith Dolphin C8189 came directly from No. 1 Aeroplane Supply Depot, (ASD), at St. Omer and was assigned to No. 79 Squadron RFC on 24 October 1918 where it saw service until the end of the War and beyond. It was the preferred mount of Canadian pilot Captain Frederick Joseph Stevenson who scored three victories with it during the final week of hostilities and was later presented the Distinguished Flying Cross for these actions, (as noted in the Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 June 1919). There is also evidence indicating that after the War he joined the RAF Mission at Sevastopol, South Russia where he was awarded the Order of St.Stanislas, 2nd Class, for actions while serving with that contingent. A final note: On 27 May 1928 the aerodrome at the newly opened Winnepeg Flying Club was named in honour of the late Captain F.J. Stevenson, (as mentioned in "Flight" magazine, 2 August 1928).



“Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No. 48, Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War 1”, 2002, Norman Franks, pp. 20, 21, 40, 94

"Flight" magazine, 2 August 1928, p. 671: http://www.flightglo...928 - 0727.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.flightglo...com/pdfarchive/ … 00727.html

Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 June 1919

Air Force Association of Canada: http://airforce.ca/a...&type=flyingww1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://airforce.ca/a...s.php?search= … =flyingww1

Image courtesy of Norman Franks



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#2 realCallahan

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:30


Correct me if I`m wrong, but the original seems to have only 3 "Lift here" signs.

Anyway, really nice skin!
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#3 Louvert

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 13:46


Thanks J5_Lehmann, glad you like it. To the fourth "Lift Here", I looked very closely at the photo magnafied and you can see that E4756 has the fourth one hiding in the shadows, and I've a hunch C8189 does as well. Other profiles of this kite show it with four so I went with that. However, if there is a better photo out there showing that there are for sure only three I will gladly change it.

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#4 WWDubya

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 16:43

Nicely done!
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:40

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