• Second Lieutenant F. T. D. Gulley, No. 6 (Training) Squadron, AFC

    Monday 17 March 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments

    Crashes and fires were everyday hazards for the First World War flier. Second Lieutenant Frederick Gulley suffered both when trying to land his aircraft in England on 17 October 1918. Gulley was on a cross country flight and struck a post whilst attempting to land in a field close to Tidworth Barracks, Wiltshire. In the resulting fire Gulley’s clothes, harness, face and hands were burnt. He was taken to Tidworth Hospital with …

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  • The Dangers of Flying

    Wednesday 6 February 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 1 comments

    The aircraft of the 1914-18 period were visibly frail and delicate and quite unlike the capable machines we know today. First World War aircraft were prone to structural or mechanical failures and could easily catch fire. Armament was limited to rifle-calibre machine guns and protection for the crew through armour and parachutes were only beginning to be used in the closing stages of the war. Aircrew operated with few aids to navigation,…

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  • Who Killed the Red Baron?

    Wednesday 6 February 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 13 comments

    A posthumous photograph of Captain Baron Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron). I came across a number of first and second hand accounts of the death of Baron von Richthofen whilst I was examining various Private Record Collections in the Memorial’s Research Centre. They made for interesting reading since the events of 21 April 1918 have long been the subject of many enthusiastic debates in the history of the First …

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  • Experiences of a Prisoner of War in Turkey - Capture

    Tuesday 27 November 2007 by Amanda Rebbeck. 2 comments

    Lieutenant A R Brown (left) and Lieutenant G Finlay (right) in a Bristol Fighter. On 27 June 1918 two Bristol F2B Fighters from No. 1 Squadron AFC, A7236 and B1149, took off on a reconnaissance mission over Kitrine. The two aircraft were piloted by Temporary Captain A. R. Brown/ Lieutenant G Finlay and Lieutenants G. V. Oxenham/L. H. Smith respectively. By the end of the mission Lieutenant Smith had been made a Prisoner …

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