• 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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  • Training

    Friday 7 December 2007 by Peter Burness.

    Trainees, instructors and staff for the Australian Flying Corps first flying training course which began 17 August 1914. They are pictured in front of a BE2A aircraft in a hangar at the Central Flying School, Point Cook, Victoria. Some Australian pilots qualified at courses at Point Cook, Victoria, and at Richmond, New South Wales; however, from 1917, most were trained in England. It took about 8 months to produce a …

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  • Second Lieutenant Roy Lytton Cummings, No. 5 (Training) Squadron, AFC

    Friday 24 August 2007 by Amanda Rebbeck.

    A native of Franklin, Tasmania Roy Lytton Cummings enlisted in the AIF on 19 November 1914 and after training was posted to the 3rd Field Ambulance. He embarked for overseas service aboard HMAT A70 (Ballarat) on 9 September 1915 and saw a short period of service in the last month of the Gallipoli campaign. 5561 Private Roy Lytton Cummings, 3rd Field Ambulance, 10th Reinforcements P04362.001 In January 1916, he …

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