56. Vickers FB.5
On 25 July 1915 the first squadron of any air arm created specifically as a fighter unit and equipped with a single type arrived in France:this was No.11 Squadron RFC and the aeroplane was the Vickers Fighting Biplane No.5...In pre-war days the pusher was unofficially dubbed the 'Gun Bus', a sobriquet it has borne ever since and it remains one of WWI's immortals. The VC was awarded to just 19 airmen in that war-one of the little bronze medals went to 2/Lt.Gilbert Insall for an action that unfolded on 7 November when ,with his observer/gunner AM T H Donald,he brought down a German Aviatik two-seater.Soon after their success the 11 Sqdn. airmen were themselves brought down-by ground fire and Insall made a good landing behind enemy lines. Despite being shelled until darkness, the crew and their Vickers survived the night and at dawn,the aeroplane's punctured fuel tank having been patched up, Insall and Donald safely returned to their airfield at Bertangles. Donald Was awarded the DCM.
This is a truly graphic history of the FB.5 with over 77 rare archive photos to support Jack Bruce's stirring narrative. As well as the usual 1:48 and 1:72 scale drawings there are three pages of factory diagrams, airframe close-ups and detailed 1915 schematics for nacelle fixtures and fittings. Full colours and markings notes come with rear cover colour profiles by series editor Ray Rimell..
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