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The arrival of the Sopwith Triplane was a great shock to the Germans, it was faster than the formidable Albatros DIII and could out climb and out turn it. In just three months “B Flight” of Naval 10 claimed 82 German aircraft. Better known as “Black flight” due to their black painted fins and cowling these “Tripehounds” were flown by Canadians. The greatest exponent of the Sopwith Triplane was the flight commander of "Black Flight” Raymond Collishaw who scored 34 of his eventual 60 victories with it. Each Triplane had a different name painted on the fuselage, “Black Maria” N5490 “C” was flown by Collishaw. “Black Sheep” N5376 “N” FSL
Raymond Collishaw - Sopwith Triplane
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Gerald E Nash, “Black Roger” N5483 “R” FSL Ellis V Reid, “Black Prince”N5487 “A” FSL William M Alexander and “Black Death” N5466 “S” FSL John E Sharman. Raymond Collishaw became the first pilot to score six victories in a day and was noted as a great leader in the air, leading many of his own formations into battle. As a member of the RAF during the Second World War, he commanded No. 204 Group (which later became the Desert Air Force) in North Africa. In 1973 his memoirs were published "AirCommand, A Fighting Pilot's Story". Raymomd Collishaw died on 28 September 1976 in West Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 82.