British aircraftman served as armourer with RAF in GB and 406 (Fleet Fighter) Flight, Fleet Air Arm in GB and China, 1924-1928; served as armourer and instructor with RAF in GB, 1928-1934; civilian armament instructor and bomb disposal expert with RAF in GB, 1934-1941
REEL 1: Aspects of training with RAF in GB, 1922-1924: induction and basic training at RAF Halton; accommodation; daily routine; attitude to discipline; basic training; trade test and reason for choosing armaments; posted to RAF Leuchars, Scotland, 1924. Aspects of period as armourer with RAF in GB, 1924-1926: duties in station armoury including maintenance of weapons and firing range; posted as armourer to 406 (Fleet Fighter) Flight, Fleet Air Arm, 1924; type of armaments including synconised gear firing through propeller; summary of other postings and duties in Scotland. Aspects of period as armourer with 406 (Fleet Fighter) Flight, Fleet Air Arm on China Station, 1926-1928: political situation and reason for posting; billeted aboard HMS Tamar; opinion of food; transferred to mainland and description of daily routine and duties; role of 406 Flight patrolling coastline with single-seater fighters; story of flight as air gunner; description of airfield; problem of wind; description of return journey to GB aboard aircraft carrier HMS Hermes, 1928; amusing story of inspection aboard HMS Hermes; story of hiding smuggled goods in ammunition boxes; posted back to RAF Leuchars.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of period as armourer and instructor with RAF in GB, 1928-1934: description of duties as armourer and armament instructor at RAF Renfrew; RAF Leuchars and Fleet Air Arm Conversion Base; left RAF, 1934; role as civilian instructor at RAF School of Armoured Training, Eastchurch. Aspects of period as armament instructor at No 1 Air Armoured School, RAF Manley, 1939-1941: description of duties as senior civil armament instructor; story of reassembling German fuse; story of defusing unexploded bomb aboard SS Kildare, 2/1940.
REEL 3 Continues: description of role in training bomb disposal personnel at RAF Manley; story of defusing missile on fishing boat in Humber, 5/1940; description of missile and method of defusing; removal and storage of explosives and fuse; 5/1941; awarded George Cross for bomb disposal duties; put in charge of RAF Bomb Disposal Course, 5/1941; description of training personnel from army, navy and RAF; assumed control of RAF Bomb Disposal Branch (L 10) at Air Ministry, London, 1941. .