Australian officer served flying Sopwith Camel and Snipe with 2nd Sqdn, Australian Flying Corps on Western Front, 1918; served as senior commander of Royal Australian Air Force, 1939-1945
REEL 1: Review of period in Australian Army, 1914-1916. Review of initial posting as fitter and subsequent flying training with Australian Flying Corps in Egypt and GB, 1916-1917. Period flying Sopwith Camels and Sopwith Snips with 4 Sqdn AFC in France and Germany, 1/1918-: flying characteristics of Camel; question of adequacy of fighter tactics taught for attacking German two-seaters; tactics in attacking German scouts; story of successful dogfight with German Albatross DVs; squadron 'aces'; German aircraft shot down by Jones; offensive patrols and increasing size of formations; nature of formation dogfights; German aircraft' role in protecting retreat of German army; paint schemes of German aircraft; value of older pilots; story of running out of petrol over German lines, success in gliding back to British lines, subsequent effect on personal morale and crash landing caused by resulting error of judgement; opinion of German pilots; reputation of unit; post-war surrender of German aircraft; story of early morning patrol.
REEL 2 Continues: reads accounts of being wounded by ground fire, 24/3/1918 and successful attack on German reconnaissance aircraft; question of age and flying experience of new pilots; subsequent career of various officers; story of cautious instructor during flying training in Avro 504K at Castle Bromwich, 1917; successful attacks using phosphorous bombs with other units of 80th Wing, RAF on Habaudourdin and Lomme airfields in Lille area, 1918; question of accuracy of unit histories. Aspects of service with Royal Australian Air Force in Second World War, 1939-1945: question of co-ordination and command of Australian and US forces in Pacific area; training programme and aircraft; shortage of operational aircraft and negotiations to secure them from US, 1943.