Letters of James Stuart Leslie Ross, 1916-1917
Letters relating to the First World War service of 589 Lieutenant James Stuart Leslie Ross, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.
In his letters to his parents written between 29 October 1916 and 22 December 1917, Ross describes his experiences of serving abroad. Some of these experiences include embarkation at Port Melbourne, life on the ship, making stops in South Africa and Sierra Leone, and settling in England for training with the Royal Flying Corps. He then describes training as a wireless operator at Farnborough, Hampshire, celebrating Wattle Day, food and fuel rationing in England, his first time flying a plane, receiving mail from home, being selected for pilot training, air raids in London, basic flight training school in Oxford, a short period of leave in London, both solo flights and instructional flights, getting a frost-bitten face, and becoming lost while flying in fog.