British NCO served with Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in GB and Western Front, 1914-1916; served as officer with 6 and 48 Sqdns, Royal Flying Corps on Western Front, 1916; worked as flying instructor in Canada, ca 1928-1962.
REEL 1 Review of service with Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, ca 1914-1917: postings in GB and Western Front; training and commission as officer; trench feet after service in Ypres area and consequent evacuation to GB, 1917; transfer to Royal Flying Corps. Various aspects of period as pilot with 6 and 48 Sqdns, RFC on Western Front, 1917: roles of observer and pilot in RE8; story of being hit by anti-aircraft fire in RE8, forced landing in No Man' Land and regaining British front line; story return to GB after crash landing. Armistice celebrations, 11/11/1918. Period on transfer back to DCLI, ca 1918-1919: story of escorting prisoners on journey to rejoin unit in Ireland; duties as adjutant at Bodmin Barracks. Story of getting lost and forced landing due to fog, 1917. Inability to get work and consequent emigration to Canada, ca 1921. Work as pilot on flying boats with Ontario Provincial Air Services at Ramsey Lake and Sioux Lookout, North West Ontario, ca 1921-1926: state of Canadian aviation; pay.
REEL 2 Continues: role reporting scope of forest fires to rangers; food; range and emergency petrol dumps; co-operation with Canadian Indians. Various aspects of career as flying instructor, ca 1926-1962: placing pupils in employment; training aircraft; wartime training programme; selling flying school due to expansion of Toronto; length of career illustrated by flying license signed by Orville Wright and Canadian ceremonial awards. Aspects of friends in St Keverne, Cornwall. Review of Tripp's career by interviewer Frank Curnow.