British officer served as a pilot with 112 Sqdn, RAF in GB, 1918; served on night operations with 151 Sqdn, RAF on Western Front, 1918. Shot down first German Gotha Bomber, 25/7/1918
REEL 1 Transfer form infantry to Royal Flying Corps, 9/1917: reasons; infantry opinion of role of Royal Flying Corps. Elementary flying training on Caudrons at Buffy-Beauman School at Acton, 1917: wing warping; French instructors; opinion of training; restricted flying. Flying training at Shoreham by Sea, 1917-1918: opinion of Avro 504; story of getting lost on solo cross country flight; stunt flying over Brighton; opinion of Sopwith Pup. REEL 2 Continues: early termination of training due to German offensive, 3/1918. Period with 112 Sqdn, RAF at Throwley, 3/1918-6/1918: opinion of CO Major Quintin Brand; familiarisation flights in Pup; question of stunting; close formation flying training instituted by Brand; characteristics of Sopwith Camel; nature of night flying patrols including landing, rota system, altitude at which German Gotha Bombers operated and relocating airfield. REEL 3 Continues: Recollections of period flying Camels on night operations with 151 Sqdn, RAF based near Abbeville, France, 6/1918: role of unit to counter German Gotha night raids on rear areas; organisation of night patrols; British searchlights and flights to give them practise in locating aircraft; story of shooting down Gotha in Ypres area, 25/7/1918; story of shooting down Giant Bomber in Amiens area, 10/8/1918; method of locating and shooting down German bombers. REEL 4 Continues: Sopwith Camel cockpit instruments; navigational methods; use of dummy airfield; method of landing; secrecy observed in location of airfield; German night air defences; difficulty in landing in fog illustrated by crash landing. Medical treatment and evacuation to GB having being wounded in Somme area, 15/7/1916.