British officer served as engineer with 56 Sqdn, Royal Flying Corps in GB and Western Front, 1916-1918; served with Headquarters, Royal Flying Corps on Western Front, 1918
REEL 1 Posting as engineer on new SE5s with 56 <Reserve> Sqdn, Royal Flying Corps at London Colney, 12/1916. Opinion of Lieutenant Arthur Rhys David, 1917. Recollections of service as staff officer at General Headquarters, RFC, 1918; story illustrating Trenchard's working methods; successful investigation into cause of DH4's wings collapsing in flight. Recollections of period as engineer with 56 Sqdn, RFC, 1917: Captain Albert Ball's initial preference for Nieuport Scout over SE5 and involvement in successful work to improve SE5; opinion of Ball; near accident during testing of variant of SE5 A; opinion of Captain James McCudden; success in increasing altitude level of McCudden's SE5; opinion of Rhys David and necessity of strengthening his SE5 for steep diving.