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No. 41 Wing RAF

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No. 41 Wing of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), later the Royal Air Force (RAF), was a division which conducted strategic bombing operations against Germany during the First World War. History 41 Wing was created on 11 October 1917 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Cyril Newall. It was based at Ochey in France. Its initial composition was:
  • No. 55 Squadron flying DH.4s
  • No. 100 Squadron flying F.E.2b's
  • No. 16 (Naval) Squadron flying O/100s.
The wing was subsequently augmented with:
  • No. 99 Squadron flying DH4s
  • No. 104 Squadron flying DH4s
Preparations for bombing missions started immediately and only six days later two flights of de Havilland aircraft conducted the Flying Corps' first long-range bombing mission. The Burbach iron foundry was hit, as were other buildings and railway lines. A week later Handley Page aircraft of the 41st Wing conducted the first night-time long range operation. Bombing continued into November, until the onset of winter weather. No
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