Roden 1/48 Airco DeHavilland DH9 WWI BiPlane Bomber Kit
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The first production machines were delivered to front line squadrons at the end of 1917, and by the beginning of 1918 the number of aircraft at the Front was already quite substantial. But as soon as operations with the D.H.9 in combat conditions began, it became clear that it bordered upon a complete catastrophe. German fighters destroyed the D.H.9 formations carrying out bombing missions over German territory. The situation appeared to be so dire, that the Chief of the Air Staff, Hugh Trenchard, was driven to send an official query to the Air Ministry concerning the responsibility of government officials who had equipped the air force with such an inadequate aircraft. Its mediocre flying performance was compounded by the unreliable Siddeley Puma engine.