Yes, I love the Bristol fighter as well. Somehow I managed to turn with Albies in it, or at least it looked that way last time when I was able to shoot a few down. It's exactly as what happened in real life: if you fly defensively (even if you are with 3 or more), they will shoot you down. But when flown offensively, specially with a good gunner in the back, you definitely stand a chance!
I will work on this mission some more. I did like all the action close to the ground, it also works well for the Camel I think. I'll add some more targets, work on respawn timers and add map icons/village names etc.