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Sopwith Triplane N5388


Cnock
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Hello,

This mediocre pic shows a Triplane, with the serial number N5388 ( although not visible here), built by Clayton and Shuttleworth Ltd.

My info says this Triplane was delivered to the French ( see also cockade)

Does any one has more info about this plane, and its pilot, where and when shot down (region Diksmuide -Vladslo)

Regards,

Cnock

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The Germans claimed to have shot down N5388 in September 1917 but the exact date is not known . It was one of two aircraft presented to the French government the other being N5385

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Cnock

N5388 was one of the 16 Sopwith Triplanes operated by the French Navy and allocated numbers F1 to F16. Only one was lost in action: N5388/F15 - fuselage number '13' - was shot down by a German fighter on 3 September 1917 when flown by Quartier-Maître Henri Le Garrec, from CAM Dunkerque, who was killed. It's likely that the French triplane was brought down by a Jasta 11 pilot, either Ltn Karl August von Schönebeck or Ltn Eberhard Stapenhörst.

I hope that this is useful.

Garethî

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Hi Gareth,

thanks for the info,

Centurion,

thanks

Cnock

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Cnock

N5388 was one of the 16 Sopwith Triplanes operated by the French Navy and allocated numbers F1 to F16. Only one was lost in action: N5388/F15 - fuselage number '13' - was shot down by a German fighter on 3 September 1917 when flown by Quartier-Maître Henri Le Garrec, from CAM Dunkerque, who was killed. It's likely that the French triplane was brought down by a Jasta 11 pilot, either Ltn Karl August von Schönebeck or Ltn Eberhard Stapenhörst.

N5388 and N5385 were originally presented to the French government, the others were ordered subsequently as 2 gun triplanes. F5385 appears to have been F8 fuselage no. 17.

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Hi Eddy,

The confusing story of the Triplanes flown by the French Navy is fully (and I mean fully) documented in a feature written for Cross & Cockade a few years ago. I have sent you a master PDF copy of the article by e-mail.

The article was prepared from many years research by myself with considerable assistance from Lucien Morareau and ARDHAN and you will find it does not agree with very much of the previously published material.

Regards,

Mike

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Bruno,

remerciements pour poster sur ce sujet!

Cnock

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