British officer served as pilot with 5 Sqdn, Royal Flying Corps on Western Front, 11/1915-10/1916; commanded 82 Sqdn, Royal Flying Corps/RAF on Western Front, 11/1917-4/1918
REEL 1 Aspects of transfer to Royal Flying Corps, GB, 6/1915: sight of flying activities of Royal Flying Corps on Salisbury Plain, 1911; indiscriminate shooting at aircraft by infantry, 1914-1915 and consequent ban; acceptance as pilot despite initial problems of height and weight. Recollections of flying training at Royal Flying Corps Station Castle Bromwich and Central Flying School, Upavon, GB, 6/1915-11/1915: situation at Royal Flying Corps Station Castle Bromwich; dual control training; first solo flight; training routine; absence of flying in windy weather; recreational activities; nature of training programme at Central Flying School, Upavon; types of aircraft flown.
REEL 2 Continues: initial difficulty in cross-country flying; stability of Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c; method of artillery spotting using flares at Lydd St Mary; standing by for Zeppelin interception patrols at Dover. Recollections of operations as pilot with 5 Sqdn, Royal Flying Corps at Abeele, Belgium, 11/1915-10/1916: role of unit; artillery spotting including gradual transfer of role from observer to pilot, spotting for more than one battery and different types of guns; reconnaissance role including locating position of German artillery batteries, monitoring German troop movements, meteorological flights, spotting German kite balloons and reporting German aircraft concentrations.
REEL 3 Continues: types of bombing operations carried out; preference for night raids; bombing loads carried; railway targets. Recollections of period commanding 82 Sqdn, Royal Flying Corps/RAF on Western Front, 11/1917-4/1918: state of squadron morale on taking command; question of importance of squadron commanders as illustrated by their monitoring flight reports, punctuality and uniform standards; night flying including development of flare paths and methods of navigation.