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         Geoffrey William Daggett in a Harvard during his training in Ottawa, Canada.  1941-1943

Claude William Daggett (below) became a WWI pilot a few weeks before the end of the Great war.

He was assigned to RAF 107 Squadron in October 1918.

The video right is an exact replica of the type of Aircraft that Claude William Daggett flew during the last weeks of WWI  (1914 -1918), and again from 1923 in the Royal Airforce Reserve.

The B.E.2 was one of the first aircraft designed at what was then called the Royal Balloon Factory (renamed the Royal Aircraft Factory in 1912) under the direction of Mervyn O'Gorman.

 Its designation followed the system devised by O'Gorman which classified aircraft by their layout: B.E. stood for Blériot Experimental, and was used for aircraft of tractor configuration (although in the event all the B.E. types were biplanes rather than the monoplanes typical of the Bleriot company).


This picture was taken by Claude William DAGGETT of the actual aircraft he flew. A Geoffrey de havilland  D.H.9J

RAF Station ‘Lake Down’ airfield , Salisbury.

Claude William Daggett (1899-1975) was posted here 30/10/1918 with 107 squadron.

Service Number : 110161

Lake Down

The clip on the left is a German warplane dropping bombs and engaging Allied airplane during World War I.

Although this is a German video clip it does show how bombs were manually dropped over the side of the aircraft during WW1.

Pilot Claude William Daggett trained for similar operations in England during WW1.

But the Great War ended weeks after he became operational at ‘Lake Down’ airfield near Salisbury, so he did not have a sortie to his name.