Australian officer served 16, 19 and 87 Sqdns, Royal Flying Corps on Western Front, 1916-1918. An 'ace' he was credited with some 20 German aircraft shot down.
REEL 1 Background to recruitment to al Flying Corps, 1916. Flying training at Brooklands and Croydon, ca 1/1916-5/1916: flying 'straights' in Maurice Farman; forced landing in sewerage farm; question of adequacy of training due to shortage of pilots. aircraft flown including BE12 and Bristol Scout. Period with 16 Sqdn, RFC in France, 1916. Review of postings and aircraft flown, 1916-1917: injury on crash landing on joining 56 Sqdn, RFC at London Colney, 1917; status of Australian pilots. Period with 19 Sqdn in France, 1917: flying characteristics of Spad and problems with interrupter gear; story of being shot down and being hit by shrapnel in No Mans Land whilst low level strafing in Ypres area, 1917; wing formations; question of German aircraft identification; importance of not following German aircraft down; casualties. Period with 16 Sqdn, RFC in France, 1916: custom of dropping news of German casualties to their airfield, 1916; rifle armament and effects of German introduction of interrupter machine gun armament.
REEL 2 Continues: effects of German introduction of interrupter machine gun armament; Lewis gun fitting. Period with 19 Sqdn in France, 1917: aspects of dogfight tactics; question of status as ace; period as instructor in GB; opinion of various aircraft. Period flying Sopwith Dolphin with 87 Sqdn, 1918: use of oxygen cylinders at altitude; role intercepting high level German reconnaissance machines and special armament employed; qualities of aces.