Return to 100 years of the Royal Air Force

A crew member of an RNAS airship about to drop a bomb from the rear cockpit of the gondola. Image © IWM Q67695.

In the early days of aerial warfare, pilots – who flew in open cockpits, heavily muffled against the cold – had improvised by dropping bombs over the side, throwing grenades at the enemy while flying, or by using their pistols or rifles.

A crew member of an RNAS airship about to drop a bomb from the rear cockpit of the gondola. Image © IWM Q67695.

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