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Martinsyde G.100 7487 
AWM P01034_048

     
 

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Aircraft Serial Type. Aircraft History
7472 G100 16/10/1916 To C Flight, 1 Sqn AFC ex 14 Sqn, RFC,
27/10/1916 To Air Park,

26/02/1917 To  1 Sqn AFC ex Air Park,
20/04/1917  shot down by anti-aircraft fire,
24/04/1917 Struck off charge.

Martinsyde G.100 Elephant aircraft No. 7472.  Martinsyde G.100 Elephant aircraft No. 7472. and RAF BE.2c No. 4137.

7476 G100 19/04/1917 To B Flight, 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
20/05/1917 To Air Park,
7477 G100 17/10/1917 To B Flight, 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
07/01/1917 To Air P
ark,
18/02/1917 To B Flight, 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
08/07/1917 Capt. Brooks killed (wings collapsed),
17/07/1917
Struck off charge.
7486 G100 McNamara’s VC Aircraft.
03/11/1916 To 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
20/03/1917 Lt. Francis Hubert "Frank" McNamaracrashed in Wadi Hesse.
24/03/1917 Struck off charge.

By March 1917, No. 1 Squadron was making regular bombing raids against Gaza. On 20 March McNamara, flying on one such operation, saw a fellow squadron member, Captain D. W. Rutherford, shot down. Although having just suffered a serious leg wound, McNamara landed near the stricken Rutherford who climbed aboard, but his wound prevented McNamara from taking off and his aircraft crashed. The two men made it back to Rutherford's plane which they succeeded in starting and, with McNamara at the controls, they took off just as enemy cavalry reached the scene. For this action McNamara was awarded the Victoria Cross.

From McNamara's Logbook:

21.3.1917 0900 Martinsyde-7486, Passengers-Nil, Time-2hrs.

Two BE2e's (Rutherford and Drummond), two Martinsydes (Les Ellis and self). We each took six 4.5 Howitzer shells (35lbs) to bomb a section of railway just across WADI HESSE. Shells had delay action of 40 seconds.Ellis started bombing railway and when a Hun appeared turned his attention to it. I followed him dropping 3 on train and 2 on railway. No.5 exploded prematurely wounding me in the right buttock. Planes ripped about but engine unhurt. Dropped two smoke bombs for other machines and started off home. Looked again at railway curve and saw Rutherford (2c) on ground with the smoke bomb out. Lots of smoke about. Turkish cavalry approaching 2c near railway. Switched off, landed and taxied up to Rutherford. Latter trying to burn his machine at fuselage. Yelled him to hurry. He ran up and climbed on to engine cowl in between centre bay. Opened up, turned around and started to take off. Right leg pretty dud. Machine doing about 35 mph on ground when started swinging to left. Could not counter with right foot. Swung around crashing prop, lower left plane and undercarraige. Got out fired bullet into petrol tank followed with Very Light. Rifle fire from the Turks. Started to Rutherfords BE which was not on fire yet. In landing he had ripped off a tyre, broken centre section wires, cracked a longeron, dropped a lewis drum under rudder bar. Just now the remaining 35lb shell exploded! Blowing Martinsyde to pieces. Leg pretty dud and bullets whizzing about. Reached Rutherfords machine. Sat in pilots seat, enticed stuff from under rudder bar. Rutherford gave prop a swing 'Contact' and she started. He jumped into observers seat. Turned machine around to take off. Opened up throttle. She stuck 3 times on soft ground, then lifted off ground. Just in time to escape rush. Nearly fainted on way back. Put wind up Rutherford. Took about 1hr 20min to reach 143. Landed alright - 3 bombs still on rack. Evacuated on Hospital train 7.15 pm."

7487 G100 18/12/1916 To 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
26/06/1917 Crashed by Lt. Adrian Cole Struck off charge.

Martinsyde G.100 7487 
AWM P01034_048  Martinsyde G.100 7487 
AWM P01034_049

7488 G100 07/01/1917 To 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
24/10/1917 To Air Park,

MARTINSYDE 7488

7489 G100 Served with 1 Sqn AFC

MARTINSYDE 7489 
undercarriage buried in sand.  MARTINSYDE 7489 
undercarriage buried in sand.  MARTINSYDE 7489 
undercarriage buried in sand.

A1583 G102 26/02/1917 To 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
21/04/1917 Lt. Adrian Cole hit by anti-aircraft fire and aircraft burnt,
25/04/1917 Struck off charge
A1592 G102 Picture of this aicraft in the AWM collection.
Served with AFC
?

MARTINSYDE G102
crashed into hangar

A1593 G102 24/05/1917 To A Flight, 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
12/08/1917 To Air Park,
'Mount Lofty, South Australia. Presented by Mrs H Bickford'

Martinsyde G.102 
 serial A1593  Martinsyde G.102  
serial A1593,
'Mount Lofty, South Australia. Presented by Mrs H Bickford'

A1595 G102 08/05/1917 To A Flight, 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
24/10/1917 To Air Park,

Martinsyde G102 A1595  67 (Australian) Squadron, RFC, Sinai, c.1917, Martinsyde G.102 A1595. via Mike Mirkovic.

A1600 G102 08/08/1917 To A Flight, 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
24/10/1917 To Air Park,
17/01/1918 To 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
21/03/1918 To 142 Sqn, RFC.
A1605 G102 15/08/1917 To A Flight, 1 Sqn, AFC ex Air Park,
17/11/1917 To Air Park.
A3944 G102 30/07/1917 To 1 Sqn AFC ex Air Park,
17/11/1917 To Air Park,
17/01/1918 To 1 Sqn AFC ex Air Park,
16/02/1918 Caught fire on landing at Mejdel 
20/02/1918 Struck off charge.

Martinsyde G.102 A3944
1 Squadron, A.F.C. Mejdel, Palestine, c.1918, . 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A3945 G102 30/10/1917 To 1 Sqn AFC ex Air Park,
13/04/1918 To 142 Sqn, RAF
.
A3946 G102 01/01/1918 To 1 Sqn AFC,
01/03/1918 To Air Park
A3947 G102 Served with 1 Sqn AFC.
A3953 G102 04/11/1917 To 1 Sqn AFC ex Air Park,
09/01/1918 To Air Park
A3954 G102 01/11/1917 To 1 Sqn AFC ex Air Park,
09/01/1918 To Air Park
A3955 G102 02/11/1917 To 1 Sqn AFC ex Air Park,
21/03/1918 To 142 Sqn, RFC
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The Authors of this page are Brendan Cowan and Mark Lax.

Sources: Australian War Memorial, Australian Military Aircraft 1909-1918, Keith Isaacs, AWM, Men & Machines of the Australian Flying Corps 1914-1919, Charles Schaedel, High Adventure, A.H.Cobby, British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1979, Bruce Robertson, One Airman's War: Aircraft Mechanic Joe Bull's Personal Diaries 1916-1919, Banner Books, Maryborough, 1997, Mark Lax. Cross and Cockade Vol.2 No.3 1971.

Emails: Mark Lax.

Updated 15 April 2015

     

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