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  •  Well, T.E. Lawrence - as Corporal T.E. Shaw - (8+ / 0-)

    was a personal assistant to Wing Commander Sydney Smith, who was involved with the seaplanes taking part in the 1929 Schneider Trophy Race. It is a little bit of a stretch to say that Lawrence's role was pivotal (as a backer) of the Supermarine S.5. Undoubtedly he was enthusiastic, but Mitchell and Lord Hives (the power behind Rolls-Royce, and their 'R'-type V-12 engine) were bigger players.

    T.E. Lawrence's BIGGER contribution to WW2 was the developement of high-speed rescue launches - which helped with development of high-speed patrol boats for the Royal Navy - these palyed a pivotal role during WW2.

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 05:40:01 PM PST

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