2nd Lt. Maurice Mealing’s SE5a

Well, I think I’m done with this plane. I’m happy with the result but there are certainly things that I will change in the construction of the next airplane model I do.

airplane etc 079airplane etc 082Just as a reminder, this model is made mostly of cardboard and wood scraps. The wingspan is approximately 36″.

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Let’s take another look at that pilot. The plane I choose to copy belonged to 2ndLt. Maurice Edmund Mealing of the Royal Flying Corps.

airplane etc 076Mealing was originally in the infantry but transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 where he succeeded in shooting down a fair amount of enemy airplanes. After receiving his pilot training, he was transferred to 56 Squadron. The pilots of 56 Squadron had quite a reputation and their ranks included Capt. Albert Ball, VC, DSO and Capt. James McCudden, VC, DSO and Cecil Lewis, MC. Cecil Lewis wrote a great book, Sagittarius Rising, about his experiences as a pilot in WW1 that you must read. This was also the first squadron to receive the new SE5a aircraft. Mealing cut his teeth on this ruggedly built fighter. He scored 14 victories in them before he disappeared on a patrol, never to be seen again.

Maurice MealingHis Military Cross award commends him “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial fighting. He destroyed three enemy machines and drove three down out of control. He also drove down an enemy balloon in flames. He always showed a splendid spirit of courage, keenness and determination.”

russPaintingse5aThanks for reading my blog. I promise I will start posting more.

 

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8 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Awesome! Will share with the boys!

  2. Glad to see you working! The plane looks great!

  3. i commend you for conspicuous gallantry of your own

  4. amazing job……brought back memories of my model making days…but I never attempted large scale art like this….

  5. Beautiful plane!

  6. I’m the great niece of Maurice Mealing and thank you for keeping his memory alive. We have many stories from his world war 1 adventures and the family have been so proud to read his name in the books of the age.

    • dawn, it is so good of you to write! this is harris, russ’ wife, and im very gutted to tell you that russ died from everything cancer on september 17. he would have been beside himself to have received this note from you, so we will treasure it all the more. thanks again for this fine note. harris

    • Thank you, Dawn! I can just hear Russ grinning from ear to ear!
      I, for one, would love to hear some of those stories.


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