de Havilland DH4 – 212 Sqn RAF, Cadbury/Leckie Zeppelin Kill 1918


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Oxford 1/72 scale AD002: De Havilland DH4 212 Squadron RAF, as flown by Maj Egbert Cadbury & Robert Leckie on Aug 6 1918, the day after their Zeppelin kill.

Zeppelin L 70 was shot down by Cadbury and Leckie on 5 August 1918. It was involved with other Zeppelins at what turned out to be the last raid by Airships on Britain in WW1. It was destroyed by two DH 4’s piloted by Major Egbert Cadbury and Lieutenant R E Keys. They were based at the RNAS/RAF airfield at Denes near Great Yarmouth. L 70 was apparently flying at around 17000 feet. It is worth noting that it was Edgar Cadbury’s observer Robert Leckie who fired the fatal shots. He could fire upwards; at 17000 feet it was difficult for the pilot to get the machine to fly upwards at enough of an angle to bring his gun to bear.

Uniquely, both these men had been involved in the downing of other Zeppelins: Cadbury of L21 and Leckie of L22. After the war, Cadbury went back to his chocolate factory; Leckie became an Air Marshal of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The Airco DH.4 was a British two-seat biplane day bomber of the World War I. It was designed by Geoffrey de Havilland (hence “DH”) for Airco, and was the first British two-seat light day-bomber to have an effective defensive armament. It first flew in August 1916 and entered service with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in March 1917. The majority of DH.4s were actually built as general purpose two-seaters in the United States, for service with the American forces in France.

The DH.4 was tried with several engines, of which the best was the 375 hp (280 kW) Rolls-Royce Eagle engine. Armament and ordnance for the aircraft consisted of one 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machine gun for the pilot and one 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis gun on a Scarff ring mounting for the observer. Two 230 lb (100 kg) bombs or four 112 lb (51 kg) bombs could be carried. The DH.4 entered service on 6 March 1917 with No. 55 Squadron in France.

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