does the name BlackFlight come from?
First World War, the all Canadian "B" Flight of No. 10
Naval Squadron, led by Flight Cmdr. Raymond Collishaw, consisted
of 5 black nosed Sopwith Triplanes. These Triplanes were
Collishaw's Black Maria, Ellis Vair Reid's Black Roger, John E.
Sharman's Black Death, W. Melville Alexander's Black Prince and
Gerald Ewart Nash's Black Sheep. This was the redoubtable "Black Flight".
In the summer
of 1917 the "Black Flight" quickly earned such a
reputation that the German high command gave Jasta 11 orders to
destroy them. On June 26th, 1917, Leutnant Karl
Allmenroder, a 30 victory ace
and Manfred von Richthofen's deputy commander of Jasta 11, scored the only air victory against
the Black Flight, shooting down and capturing Nash. On June 28th
the "Black Flight" again met the Red Baron's "Flying
Circus" where Allmenroder was shot down and killed by
Collishaw in the ensuing battle. For a month the "Black
Flight" thrashed the Jastas which had dominated the skies
for so long. On July 6, Richtofen was wounded and shot
down by an observer in a FE2d being escorted by Collishaw and
In addition to Nash's capture the
Black Flight suffered 2 more losses, Sharman on July 22nd and Reid on
July 28th. - both were killed by anti-aircraft fire. In late July,
No. 10 Naval Squadron started re-equipping with Sopwith Camels, brining to an end the
exploits of the "Black Flight".
Between June 1st and July 28th 1917, the formidable
"Black Flight" shot
down 87 enemy aircraft and was one of the most successful units of the