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08 mph. The course for the 1923 contest was from Cowes, Isle of Wight, to a turning-point at Selsey Bill. Sussex, with Britain, France. Italy and the USA all hoping to field contenders. 51 and Sea Lion II. icchi) Left Jimmy float of on the the Curtiss R3C-2. 33 took third place in the 1925 event. (Aermacchi) Below Mario Castoldi's M 39 racer 1926, taking the Schneider Trophy to Mussolini's Italy for (Aermacchi) develop in time an improved version of the French entries also fell by the wayside and the third, the CAMS 38, retired during the second lap due to engine failure.

On 8 October two of Eastchurch Squadron's Sopwith Tabloids set out to raid the same sheds. Mist prevented Squadron Commander Spenser-Grey locating the Cologne sheds so he dropped his bombs on the railway station instead. IX) that was housed inside. The resulting flames shot hundreds of feet into the air. But flying so low had its dangers, and Marix's aircraft was hit by gunfire. He eventually returned to base on a borrowed bicycle. This was the first Right first at the start the was that its successful air attack One of the pilots attacking LZ 39 had been Flight SubLieutenant R.

Ironically, even before Saratoga had launched its second attack, it had been theoretically sunk several tiines over by "enemy" battleships, aircraft and a submarine. A final twist came on the 27th. when naval land-based Martin bombers defending the Canal had seen their own carrier Lexington and. mistaking it ioT Saratoga, had "sunk' this too. But out of the chaos came a sure and strong belief in the future of the aircraft carrier as an offensive naval vessel, with other warships contributing to (Vv protection and not exclusively the other way around.

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