British stretcher bearer served with 135th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps on Western Front, 1916-1917; as officer served as pilot with Royal Flying Corps/RAF 1917-1919
REEL 1 Childhood interest in aircraft at air display in Leeds, ca 1910. Period as stretcher bearer with 135th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, 5/1916-11/1917: role; interest in air war and question of training as pilot; transfer to Royal Flying Corps after failure of initial application to join Royal Naval Air Service. Various aspects of service with RFC/RAF, 1917-1919: enjoyment of flying; personal morale; history of 12 Sqdn, RAF. Situation in aircraft industry, ca 1919-1920: manufacturers' refusal to cancel wartime contracts; destruction of aircraft; story of test flying SE5 A and inability to confirm purchase at sale of government surplus aircraft and equipment at Hendon Airfield; career of Sopwith aircraft designer Herbert Smith.