Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter

 

Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter S-7

 

 

 

 Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter

Single engine two-seat reconnaissance aircraft

In March 1917 eight Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters were delivered from the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) to the Belgian Aviation Militaire: British serials were N5235 to N5242 and in Belgian service the Strutters were renumbered S1 to S8. Initially those reconnaissance aircraft were used by the 6eme Escadrille which was an observation/reconnaissance unit based at Houtem. A few weeks later thirty Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters, built under licence in France, were acquired and delivered to Ns 2 and 3 Squadrons based at De Moeren airfield and N 4 squadron based at Hondschoote (F.), while a small number of Strutters was used by the flying school at Juvisy-sur-Orge. More powerful Spad XIs replaced most of the operational Sopwiths before the end of the war and only a handful remained in service for non-operational duties after the war. One original Begian Air Service Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter (S-85) is preserved for posterity at the Brussels' Royal Army Museum.(Daniel Brackx)

 


Picture   Belgian Serial British serial Date In Date Out History
S-1 N5235 March 1917 - N 6 Squadron at Houtem airfield.
S-2 N5236 March 1917 - N 6 Squadron at Houtem airfield.
S-3 N5237 March 1917 - N 6 Squadron at Houtem airfield.
S-5 N5239 March 1917 - N 6 Squadron at Houtem airfield.
S-6 N5240 March 1917 N 6 Squadron at Houtem airfield.
S-7 N5241 March 1917 - N 6 Squadron at Houtem airfield. "Flying Fox".
S-8 N5242 March 1917 - N 6 Squadron at Houtem airfield.
S-10 - 1917 - N 4 Squadron at Houtem airfield.
S-11 - 1917 Feb 1918 N 3 Squadron at De Moeren airfield. Sot down near Oostduinkerke on 17 Feb 1918.
S-14 - 1917 - -
S-15 - 1917 - -
S-28 A5243 1917 - N 3 Squadron at De Moeren airfield.
S-88 - 1917 - N 3 Squadron at de Moeren airfield, converted in three seater, preserved at the Royal Army Museum in Brussels and painted as S-85
Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters with registrations S1 trough S6 of No 6 Squadron in the summer of 1917, most probably at Houtem airfield. 
Belgian Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter Crew members

Adj "Gusto" de Mevius and Capt Roger d'Hendecourt of n 4 Squadron in their Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter in 1917.

Sous-Lieutenant Albert Gisseleire in front of his N 4 Squadron Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter S-5 (N5239 RFC).

 

 

 

 

  

 

Last updated 16/10/14 15:49   Daniel Brackx

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