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First Artillery shoot in WW1


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On 24th Sept 1914 Lt D S Lewis and Lt B T James of no 4 Sqn carried out an artillery direction flight, using wireless during the Battle of the Aisne (It lasted some 40 minutes). I know that the Italians carried out the first ever artillery direction flight in 1911 at the Battle of Sciara-Sciat (without wireless) during the Italo Turkish War but was Lewis and James' flight the first such in WW1? Or had the French or Germans done one earlier?

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The RNAS were conducting spotting experiments pre war. As usual the RFC were behind the curve.

As an aside by 24/9/14 the RNAS had already bombed Germany.

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The RNAS were conducting spotting experiments pre war.

So had been the RFC and other forces in other countries, the question was was this the first such use in WW1? Did the RNAS do some live shoots before then?

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Unfortunately I'm visiting family so away from my reference books. Not sure if they had aircraft spotting for the battle of Heligoland Bight.

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