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1,294 Enemy Planes

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1,294 Enemy Planes

A Sopwith CamelThroughout the First World War, the most widely used fighter aircraft by the Allies was the Sopwith Camel. It was known for its manoeuvrability, making it superior to any aircraft used by the Germans at the time.

Some of the best pilots from Western Canada flew the Sopwith Camel, like Donald MacLaren, who was known as the highest scoring Camel pilot of the First World War.

Arthur Roy Brown was flying a Sopwith Camel when he was credited with shooting down the Red Baron on 21 April 1918. Before he was shot down, the Baron had been in pursuit of another well-known Alberta aviator, Captain Wilfrid Reid (Wop) May of Edmonton, who was also flying a Camel.

During the First World War, the Sopwith Camel was used to bring down 1,294 enemy aircraft.

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