The Bristol F2b Fighter
The most successful British two-seater of the war was the Bristol Fighter,
when flown like a fighter it was the equal of any single-seater - with
the added benefit of a gun to protect the pilot's back.
Bristol F2b A7288
Lt AE McKeever/Sgt LF Powell
No.11 Sqn RFC
If the Bristol Fighter was the most succesful two-seater, then its
leading exponent would have to be the Canadian Andrew McKeever. Along
with his various gunners, McKeever scored 31 victories while flying
the F2b, more than any other pilot on either side.
Bristol F2b A7227
Captain Keith Park
No.48 Sqn RFC
Following service at Gallipoli, New Zealander Park joined the RFC.
Park was unique in that his entire service in the RFC/RAF was spent
with No.48 Sqn. He joined as a lowly Lieutenant and rose to become its
commanding officer in April 1918. He also was their top-scoring pilot
with 20 victories, two of which were in A7227 during September 1917.
In WW2 he was AOC No.11 Group during the Battle of Britain.
Bristol F2b A7194
No.1 Sqn AFC
Many F2bs made it to Palestine where they served with No.1 Sqn AFC
and No.111 Sqn RFC/RAF. Some of these may be seen in the colour photographs
taken by Frank Hurrell in 1918. A7194 is one of these, albeit in a later
form with a white fin and black serial. Many F2bs were painted in white
as protection from the desert heat.
Stewart Taylor Photographs
Bristol F2b: King of the Two-Seaters; Bowyer, Chaz
Windsock magazine 5/4