The DH.2 was the British answer to the perceived need of a single seat fighter aircraft which could use a forward machine gun effectively. Not having the efficient interrupter gear the German had, Geoffrey de Havilland derived the DH.2 from his previous DH.1 pusher two-seater.
A maneuverable and sensitive design (both good qualities for a fighter), the DH.2 acquired at first quite a fame for its tendency to spin on fire. In spite of that, when the DH.2s arrived at the front they proved its worth against the Fokker Eindecker fighter, ending in the process the so called “Fokker Scourge”.
Wonderful and rare photo of an early example taken at Beauvel, France. It seems to be the DH.2 of a flight leader: look at those interplane strut pennants.