The B.E.2 series was one the best known aircraft of the Great War; famous or infamously. Designed to be easy to fly inherently stable aircraft, a requirement view as vital for its intended use as recon aircraft. The B.E.2’s proved,at first, more than adecuate for their duties and well-loved by the crews. The advent of the first true fighters -the Fokker Eindekker- changed that; the B.E.2’s soon turned into “easy meat” heated by their crews. Ordered in huge numbers the different B.E.2 models continued to soldier on in first line service well into 1917; it proved to be difficult to change the procurement inertia. They paid dearly. Still in action on the Western Front during the “Bloody April” (1917) they were slaughtered by the Albatri.
According to its quote on Wikipedia: “a French pilot made an emergency landing on private land after a failed attack on German Zeppelin hangars near Brussels, 1915”. I have my serious doubt about this info, for starters: the aircraft is obviously a British R.A.F B.E.2C and early in the war the Royal Flying Corps (RFC)’s B.E.2C’s wore these strangely placed cockades on their tailplane.
Almost unbeliable pic, such a incredible document.