On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Thomas Proctor, Irish World War I flying ace.

1918 – British World War I flying aces Arthur Rowe Spurling (pilot) and George Stanley Bell (observer/gunner), flying a D.H.9, shoot down five Fokker D.VII on a single mission.

1943 – The Royal Air Force Bomber Command opens the preliminary phase of the “Battle of Berlin” with a series of three major raids on the German capital.

1953 – First flight of the Short Seamew (shown), a British lightweight anti-submarine platform.

1984 – Death of Gerald Frank Anderson, South African World War I flying ace.

2009 – South East Asian Airlines Flight 014, a Dornier Do-328-100, overruns the runway on landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippines, and is substantially damaged, but repairable.

Updated: May 1, 2018 — 2:18 PM
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