Jump to content
Free downloads from TNA ×
The Great War (1914-1918) Forum

Remembered Today:

Identifying an aircraft type by its number


Terry_Reeves

Recommended Posts

I am researching Lt Crugar Stanley Peach who was accidentally killed when his aircraft crashed at Whitton Park, Twickenham on a flight from Hounslow. The aircraft is identified in a Metropolitan Police report as an "Army Biplane Number A3176." Is it possible to identify the type of aircraft from this number? If it is of any help, the pilot was based at Hounslow and was undergoing training. Any help would be appreciated.

TR

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Terry as Centurion says its an RE8. There is a book 'British Aircraft Serials', it can be purchased for around a quid or two off abebooks, this gives the serial numbers allocated to every British aircraft, always useful to have on the shelf.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Terry as Centurion says its an RE8. There is a book 'British Aircraft Serials', it can be purchased for around a quid or two off abebooks, this gives the serial numbers allocated to every British aircraft, always useful to have on the shelf.

I use an electronic reference

http://www.ukserials.com/

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Don't tell my wife that the majority of books I have can be accessed through t'internet.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi,

RE8 batch 3169-3268, built by The Austin Motor Co, Ltd, Birmingham

Cnock

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Terry,

Lt Peach was with 42 Reserve Squadron when he was killed, on 24 April 1917. He got himself into a spinning nose dive from which he couldn't recover.

This all comes from a Casualty Card at the RAF Museum. It was a two-seater, but the CAs Card indicates he was flying alone - the assumption being that there would have been ballast in the rear cockpit. The RE8 was used by the Corps units of the RFC/RAF in France and the Middle East for co-operation work with the artillery, reconnaissance etc.

Hoping this helps.

Regards,

Trevor

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Trevor

Many thanks for that. The CWGC has the unit as 16 Squadron, but I found that rather odd. In fact he had been serving on the Western Front with the RFC as an observer before going for pilot training so 16 Sqn must have been his previous unit.

TR

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...