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Although Geoffrey de Havilland’s DH2 single-seat pusher fighter enjoyed considerable success against Germany’s Fokker Eindeckers it was not  specifically developed as a counter-measure to the ‘Fokker Scourge’; in fact the prototype had only flown in early Summer 1915 just as the first Fokkers were reaching the Front. Nonetheless the DH2 has a secure place in the annals of air warfare. No.24 Squadron RFC were fully equipped with the type, the World’s first ever fighter aeroplane unit in the field. The DH2’s performance was somewhat poor, its armament inadequate, yet in its heyday the little pusher was still a force to be  reckoned with, playing a leading part in defeating the Eindeckers and maintaining RFC air supremacy over the Somme battlefields.