British officer served flying seaplanes on North Sea patrols with Royal Naval Air Service based at Westgate-on-Sea 1915-1919
REEL 1 Background to recruitment underage as fitter with Royal Flying Corps, 1915: question of prior interest in aviation; falsifying birth certificate; rotary engine arrangement of Avro 504K and effects of castor oil lubricant on pilot; review of subsequent flying training and active service as pilot. Background to transfer to Royal Naval Air Service, 1917. View of Lieutenant Leefe Robinson shooting down Zeppelin SL 11, 2/9/1916, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. Period flying seaplanes with 119 Sqdn, RNAS at Westgate on Sea, ca 1917-1918: question of reputation of Wing Commander Charles Samson; work of slipway waders in handling seaplanes; nature of air combat with RFC on Western Front, 1916; flying characteristics of 310 Short and Fairey Seaplanes; capture of crew of crashed Gotha bomber; nature of Gothas; question of armament; use of pigeons to send messages; flying gear and effects of cold; anti-submarine role; machine gun armament; engines; uniform; story of meeting Samson; football accident.
REEL 2 Continues: dental treatment at Manston; story of Samson crash landing Sopwith Triplane during test flight; problem with floats puncturing on landing Fairey Seaplanes; method of landing seaplanes. Post-war career in aviation in Australia: inadequate wages for pilots; stunt flying. Various aspects of flying seaplanes with 119 Sqdn, RNAS at Westgate on Sea: ca 1917-1918: period propeller problem whilst test flying new seaplane, ca 1917-1918; <gap in tape> nature of Zeppelins and British North Sea Airships; reports of Zeppelin bombing raids.