Airco D.H.12 Day Bomber
The Airco D.H.12 was to have been a twin engined day bomber based on the D.H.11 Oxford. While the prototype Oxford did eventually fly the D.H.12 never progressed beyond the design stage. As on the Oxford the D.H.12 featured a fuselage that filled the gap between the wings, and was to have been powered by two 320hp A.B.C. Dragonfly radial engines. The only major recorded difference between the two designs was the position of the mid-upper gunner. On the D.H.11 his cockpit been placed just behind the trailing edge of the upper wing, while on the D.H.12 it was moved forwards, to a new position between the spars of the upper wing. This new position would have given the gunner a wider field of fire, but would still have left the D.H.12 vulnerable to attacks from below and behind.
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