Re the railway story . I belive this is true and think it was in the Dardenells or the middle east. I will research and get back to you
Mark De Luca, e-mail, 14.12.2012 18:58
67 Sqn RFC were said to have made a prop driven railway car from an old "Elephant" front fuselage and used it to patrol rail lines.Is this true and if so do photos survive. Most consensus is that this story is a hoax.Please advise
Ian Pearson, e-mail, 21.07.2012 19:41
Martinsyde Attack on 16th November 1916 by 27 Squadron
In bitter weather on 16th Capt Sherrin led Six Martinsydes over 90miles to drop eight 112-lb bombs on the railway station at Hirson from just 1,000feet. Six coaches were blown off the tracks and buildings and other rolling stock were destroyed.
Info I found from The Martinsyde File by Ray Sanger This book has a very detailed account of all Martinsydes ever flown
john stringer, e-mail, 13.04.2011 21:11
my father ec stringer also in 27 squadnon.i have elephant plaque taken from martinside he flew on bombing raid on 16/11/16.
steve clarke, e-mail, 31.01.2010 18:55
I have a prop stock (now a clock) with the following written on it: Avro 120 120hp Daimler Beardmore Martinsyde Biplane. The are 3 other marks including a war office arrow. Does anyone know if this is from a G102 Elephant bomber? If not what?
CRAIG GREEN, e-mail, 09.10.2009 21:51
I HAVE A PROPELLER FROM A MARTINSYDE G100 BIPLANE ANY INTEREST PLEASE CONTACT ME ON ABOVE EMAIL MANY THANKS
Ian C. Pearson, e-mail, 19.03.2009 20:25
50 Martinsyde G102 Elephant Bomber Reconnaissance Tractor Biplane(160-hp Beardmore, 120hp Beardmore from A1570?) ordered 21st June 1916 under Contract No 87/A/487, serial Numbers A1561 to A1610
A1582 - Farnborough by 22.11.16; C sqn 26.2.12; X AP26.2.17; 14 Sqn 9.3.17; SOC 25.4.17
A1592 - Farnborough by 22.11.16; C Flight CFS Upavon by May 1917; 19 TS Hounslow September 1917; Flew into trees, 1.10.17 (Lt B F G Cunliffe injured)
50 Martinsyde G100 Elephant Bomber Reconnaissance Tractor Biplanes (120hp Beardmore) ordered 22.11.1915 under WO Contract No 87/A/192 (and also Contract 94/A/298?) Serial Numbers 7258 to 7307
7282 - Tested Farnborough 17.3.16; 39 Sqn from 14.4.16; to France 19.5.16; 2 AD to 27 Sqn 11.6.16; damaged in Combat 31.7.16 (Lt R H C Usher wounded); to 2 AD 2.8.16; 27 Sqn; Shot down in flames, 31.8.16 (Capt A Skinner killed)
Information from The Martinsyde File by Ray Sanger
Ian C Pearson, e-mail, 05.01.2008 11:12
I am now in the possesion of my Grandfathers RFC Log Book.
His name was Captain Kenneth Noble Pearson MC.
I thought you may find the following useful. If you have any cross references to photo's of the actual plane he flew I would be truely Greatful. I do have dome photo's he took of his aircraft which you may find interesting.
The Log starts by saying he was in No 20 and 21 Squadron.
He starts off in Castle Bromwich in a MF2962, MF2968 on August 9th 1915. by the 17th August he was flying Solo. This page was sigend by a Captain R Rodwell Commanding No 5 RAS, RFC.
Netheraison 26/8/1915 A792,A760,A762 (May be Netheravon)
13 Sept 1915 Joined wing
21/9/1915 BE1679, BE1681, BE5387
10th November 1915 Farnborough BE4114
26/11/1915 - BE2C 4128 Filton to Milford to Eversley to Farnborough
8th December BE2C 5388 TRIAL FLIGHTS
19th & 20th December BE2C Bristol to Farnborough Delivery flights