Martin Bennitt Posted 17 January , 2013 Share Posted 17 January , 2013 Jean-Claude Delhez in volume II of his 'Le jour de deuil de l'armée française', says a Paul Schmitt PS7 was the first aircraft ever to be shot down by anti-aircraft fire, on August 23, 1914 over Tucquegnieux on a bombing mission during the Battle of the Frontiers. Google searching reveals not a lot about this machine, though it seems to be have been fairly advanced for its day and went on to serve in a limited capacity till quite late in the War. According to Delhez, the aircraft shot down was a prototype which had just arrived in the field for trials with escadrille MF16 and was normally piloted by designer Schmitt himself and Victor Garaix, another pioneer pilot and designer, but on this occasion Schmitt's senior officer forbade him to fly. Garaix and the other crew member, Lieutenant de Saizieux, were killed when the fuel tank was hit by fire from FAR33, equipped with three guns originally for use against balloons. Any more details about the PS7, notably performance, armament etc, and the incident, which apparently rival constructors tried to blame on a design fault rather than enemy action, gratefully received. cheers Martin B Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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