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Jeffrey Nolin
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The Airco DH.4 is described as the first British two seat light day–bomber. Which of the other non-giant planes were used as bombers?
 
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Just about *any* 2-seater in use in 1915-1917 as dedicated, design-built bombers were just being invented (ex. Fe2b, Re8, "Ack", MF Shorthorns, etc...)

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While most 2 seaters had "light bombing" as one of their duties, planes designed first as bombers are rare (and neither the Re8 or Fe2b were one of those). But if you can access some of the Wings of War stuff, you will find that the Breguets shown were primarily bombers and good ones at that.

Outside the Wings release line so far, the DH9 was also primarily a bomber, as were several of the Voisin designs.
 
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errrr... yeah....that is what I said.
 
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Some bomb loads in KG for planes in the game (the table is in Wings of War: Flight of the Giants):

Breguet BR.14 B2 (MBL=256kg)
Bristol F.2 Fighter (MBL=108kg)
Caproni Ca.3 (MBL=800kg)
Caproni Ca.4 (MBL=1438kg)
Curtiss H.16 (MBL=105kg)
De Havilland/AIRCO D.H. 4 (MBL=208kg)
Felixstowe F.2A (MBL=105kg)
Friedrichshafen G.III (MBL=1000kg)
Gotha G.V (MBL=500kg)
Handley Page O/400 (MBL=1655kg)
LFG Roland C.II (MBL=50kg)
Phönix C.I (MBL=50kg)
Pomilio PC (MBL=150kg)
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E. 8 (MBL=112kg)
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a (MBL=45kg)
Rumpler C.IV (MBL=100kg)
Saml S.2 (MBL=40kg)
Sopwith Camel (MBL=36kg)
Sopwith Snipe (MBL=36kg)
Ufag C.I (MBL=150kg)
Zeppelin Staaken R.VI (MBL=2000kg)

Please notice how even pure fighters as Sopwith Camel, Se5a and Snipe could and did carry bombs (Sopwith Camels contributed as bombers to the battle of Cambrai, for example).
The very first bombing took place in Libya in 1909. A friend of my mother's family, Giulio Gavotti, dropped 4 granades from a single-engine, single-seater monoplane Etrich Taube on a Turkish camp.

http://fly.historicwings.com/2012/11/bombs-at-ain-zara/



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What a great story...thank you for the link.
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Hey Andrea! during your research did you find any pictures or discriptions of the mechanisms that carried and dropped the bombs for the different planes?
 
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A few photos here and there yes. But you should be interested into Basilio Di Martino's "L'Aviazione italiana e il bombardamento aereo nella Grande Guerra". 780 pages. In Italian, but I guess with many interesting photos. Being published by the Italian Air Force Ministery, it only costs 25 euros.
 
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angiolillo wrote:
A few photos here and there yes. But you should be interested into Basilio Di Martino's "L'Aviazione italiana e il bombardamento aereo nella Grande Guerra". 780 pages. In Italian, but I guess with many interesting photos. Being published by the Italian Air Force Ministery, it only costs 25 euros.

thanks, I will have a look.
 
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