Australian officer served with 3 Sqdn, Australian Flying Corps on Western Front, 1917-1919, acted as pall bearer at Richtofen's funeral, 4/1918
REEL 1 Various aspects of initial career with Australian Flying Corps, ca 1916-1917: initial recruitment as mechanic; background to securing recommendation for flying training; nature of flying training on Maurice Farman and Avro 504K in GB. Period flying RE8 and DH5 with 3rd Sqdn, AFC at Bertangles, France, ca 1917- 1918: artillery observation and reconnaissance role; opinion of RE8; minimal instruction prior to flying out Bristol Fighter from GB; efforts to direct artillery fire onto German observation post in Albert sector; story of escaping after coming under artillery fire and consequent damage to aircraft whilst flying too low during contact patrol near Albert, ca 8/1918; story of flying back from patrols over estaminet; opinion of German pilots.
REEL 2 Continues: question of cause and reactions to Richtofen's death, 21/4/1918; qualities required of 'aces'. Post-war role of Kingford Smith in Australian civil aviation. <Gap in tape> Aspects of training, ca 1917: accident during machine gun training, ca 1917; Pennot ground signals. Aspects of service with 3 Sdn, AFC at Bertangles, 1917-1918: question of selection for artillery observation duties; story of flying low to observe effects of bombardment; opinion of various officers; background to dispute with flight commander and consequent selection as pall bearer at Richtofen's funeral, 4/1918.