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20 August 1897 : Cpl / Flt. Cdt John Arthur Wilson MM

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As a boy, after Sunday lunch, I recall sitting on my grandfather's knee and he would start off with the line ‘have I told you about the time ...' and he'd then add, ‘.... we were gassed' or '.... we took a German prisoner' or '..... I was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps'. Perhaps this started my interest in history. In his 96th year Jack r…


Above the Trenches - Supplement

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Book review by Gary Sheffield. Above the Trenches - A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-20 first appeared in 1990 and was a mine of useful information. This Supplement consists of more of the same: brief biographies of pilots omitted from the original book, plus other information that the indefati…


'From Flying Dreadnought to Dogfighter – The Troubled Birth of the British Fighter' by Greg Baughen

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This talk destroys many myths about WW1 fighter development. Part talk, part detective story, it explains how the importance of air superiority was understood long before the First World War began, explores how the influence of naval thinking delayed the development of dogfighters like the Camel and SE5a and tracks down the mysterious Fighting Expe…


The RAF Centenary Anthology 1918-2018

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This massive commemorative RAF Centenary Anthology 1918-2018 has been an enormous undertaking.

It comprises 650 pages of documents, orders, diaries, letters and ephemera to mark 100 years of of service by the Royal Air Force. It weighs 7kg.

You can see its size from the photograph it is a whopping 39cm x 27cm (15.35 inches x 10.63 inches).

T…


AGM Meeting followed by 'RFC/RNAS to the RAF 1918' with Ian Massey

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After the AGM, Ian Massey will give a talk on the RFC and RNAS as they became the RAF in 1918.    IMAGE: Officers and S.E.5a Scouts of No. 1 Squadron, RAF at Clairmarais aerodrome near Ypres. IWM Q12063


Remember RAF 100

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Join the Remember RAF100 project and commemorate air service personnel who lost their lives in WW1 2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force. The Remember RAF100 project commemorates those who have died in RAF service with a special focus on the First World War and on British war graves and memorials. The programme is an opportunity fo…




Nothing Spectacular – The Story of a Typical RFC Pilot by John Dimmock

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This is the story of a typical Royal Flying Corps pilot, Captain N.H. “Normie” Dimmock. The talk covers his career from 1915 to 1919, flying Nieuport 12s and Sopwith Pups with 46 Squadron in France, and Bristol Fighters with 141 Squadron on Home Defence. It is presented by his son John, using his father’s own words taken from letters and reminiscen…


Over and Above

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By Captain John E Gurdon DFC Grub Street, £16.00, hb. 224pp, 12 ills. ISBN: 978–1–911621–08–9 John Everard Gurdon, commissioned into the Suffolk Regiment, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in May 1917. After pilot training and a period of instructing, he was posted to 22 Squadron in France in February 1918. He flew two–seat Bristol F.2B figh…


8 June 1919: Lt William ‘Billy’ Nichol Wilson

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William Nichol Wilson was born 23 August 1899 on his grandmother’s tenant farm in Dalston, near Carlisle. His mother Sarah and father Twentyman Wilson were both from Cumberland, but had lived 55 miles away in a cottage in Shotley Bridge, County Durham. To his parents he was known as ‘Willie’ to his five brothers  ‘Billy’. The third of six boys, Bi…