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24 December 1914 : Flt Sub-Lieut Bernard Osbourne Ffield

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Bernard was educated at Wimbledon College. An engineering student at the outbreak of war, he was gazetted as a Sub-Lieutenant in the RNAS on 9 September 1914. He received his brevet from the Royal Aero Club on 10 December. Two weeks later, age 21, ad flying out of the RN Air Station at Hendon on Christmas Eve 1914, Bernard was coming in to land …


16 February 1915: Flight Lieut. Edward Gordon Riggall, Royal Naval Air Service

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Educated Humberstone Foundation School, Old Clee 1904-1912. He was captain of his school and passed the senior Cambridge Examination with honours and with matriculation exemption.  Apprenticed Aeronautical Engineer and Aeroplane Manufacturer during which time he gained is Royal Aero Club pilot’s certificate - 11 October 1914 (Certificate 939)  …


ONLINE: 'Wings Over the Somme' with Clive Harris

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The presentation will be live and online. The Battle Of the Somme, seen through the eyes of those British Airman flying above it, offers a fascinating glimpse of the potential, and relevance, of air power over the Western Front. Whilst many accounts focus on the fighter squadrons, described by Lloyd George as ‘the cavalry of the clouds’, it was th…


The original long distance bombers

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Most of us are familiar with the RAF bombing campaigns of the Second World War, but few are aware that such cities as Cologne, Frankfurt, Mannheim and Stuttgart had already been targeted two decades earlier during the First World War. The reward for building an organisation like The Western Front Association on a foundation of reputable research i…


The R38 disaster

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At the start of the war, in contrast to Germany, the British had limited experience of airships. Under the Royal Naval Air Service there were only a handful of airships in service but with increasing U-Boat activity and the resultant impact on shipping, the Navy began to further develop its use of airships to counter the U-Boat threat. The R.38 c…