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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2016 at 16:40
A W/op ex-RNAS that flew would most likely be on a flying boat/seaplane or an airship.
But if hes in the Med what action did any of these types see that would warrant a DFM ?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote NickForder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2016 at 16:51
Spotting for warships shelling coastal targets
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ian Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2016 at 22:11
At this late stage of the war. Both Short 184 and Felixstowe units based in Egypt were doing convoy escort.
The land war had moved well up past Damascus and the RFC/RAF were doing any spotting by that time.
I've found no reports of naval bombardments requiring Short/Felixstowe spotting. Anyway, there were no operational seaplane carriers in Egyptian waters by May 1918. City of Oxford was the last operational ship and when the RAF took over (Oh what a sad day for Naval Aviation) she was demoted to depot ship and finally released from Egypt September 1918.
Both Short and Felixstowe units were land based at Port Said or Alexandria.
Off hand I can't remember the squadron numbers but they were in the 280's and 290's. Your new Sturtivant will tell you that
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote NickForder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 10:34
U-boat hunting ?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FZ1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 10:44
Thank you all.  New opinions and and info open up more research possibilities, so I'm glad I resurrected this old thread!  I'll let you know if these leads help me fill-in some more of Foster's story.

Thanks again,

Jon

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Originally posted by Ian Burns Ian Burns wrote:

when the RAF took over (Oh what a sad day for Naval Aviation)
Ian, as an Ex-RAF man, I am honour-bound to say that aviation is best left to the RAF and that the Navy should stick to their ships! LOL Wink


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ian Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 16:07
Light Blue and Navy Blue never comfortable bed fellows. Too many of the former unwilling to get their feet wet!

I used to have this argument with a cousin of mine... ex-Canberra driver... always good for a beer or two

Perhaps one day, eh.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ian Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 16:13
U-boat hunting ?

Largely imaginary at this stage of the war in the Eastern Med basin. But I do have a couple of photos taken from a Short of packed troop ships and minor Royals on cruisers being escorted.

Either way, DFMs were not 'handed out with the rations' and had to be earned. Sometimes for one conspicuous act, other times for long and always dangerous service.
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Bit late for action against surface raiders too, though Goeben & Breslau did sink the monitor Raglan in Jan 1918.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ian Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 22:01
Yes, Breslau (or Midilli) hit mines and sank. Goeben ran aground retreating up the Dardanelles. They had sunk a large monitor HMS Raglan, and M28 a small monitor.

The RNAS based on the islands attacked with too small bombs - like fleas on an elephant's hide. HMS Engadine was rushed up from Egypt with a few Shorts. Quite what they could do though as these later Shorts were not fitted for torpedoes.

Anyway Goeben had been refloated before they could drop anything.

Goeben or, more correctly, Yavuz Sultan Selim actually survived until 7 June 1973 when she was towed to the breakers.

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OOPS!!!
For Engadine read Empress.
Brain fart!
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