Australian officer served as pilot with 2 Sqdn, Australian Flying Corps Western Front, 1917-1918
REEL 1 Background to recruitment as fitter with 1 Sqdn, Australian Flying Corps at Point Cook and move to Egypt, 1916. Period with 2 Sqdn, AFC in Egypt and GB, ca 1916-1918: question of relevance of horse riding experience for flying; opinion of various officers including George Jones and Major Oswald Watt; question of adequacy of aircraft supplied by RFC; move to Western Front. Recollections of period as pilot flying SE5 As with 2 Sqdn, AFC on Western Front, 1918: opinion of tactical ability of Flight Commander Robey Emmanuel; dogfight after being ambushed during patrol; opinion of DH5; role of reconnaissance and fighter squadrons; discovering German evacuation of Lille; reports of successful attacks using phosphorous bombs with other units of 80th Wing, RAF on Haubourdin and Lomme airfields in Lille area, 8/1918; multi purpose role of Fokker DVII. Period as flying instructor in GB, 1917-1918: reactions to posting; necessity of active service before promotion. Recollections of period as pilot flying SE5 As with 2 Sqdn, AFC on Western Front, 1918: cancellation of patrol and celebrations on Armistice Day, 11/11/1918; flying characteristics of SE5 A; combat tactics and personal morale; question of armament and types of ammunition including effectiveness against Zeppelins.
REEL 2 Continues: opinion of German pilots; squadron formations <gap in tape> background to severe casualties to 4th Sqdn, AFC during patrol by units of 80th Wing, RFC.