William Smith (103650) interviewed about his experiences in the Royal Engineers and the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during the First World War

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Accession Number S02067
Collection type Sound
Measurement 29 min 50 sec
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; ACME C90; mono
Maker William Smith
Unknown
Department of Veterans' Affairs, Victorian State Office
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Prahran
Date made 21 June 1994
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

Discusses: early life; pre-war employment; enlistment in the Royal Engineers; mother's reaction to enlistment; duties as a dispatch rider; covering party duties in No-man's land; awarded the Military Medal for bravery at the Somme; 1916 transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC); initially trained as an aerial gunner; shot down on a reconnaissance trip; awarded the DCM for saving a wounded pilot's life; trained as a pilot; fly reprisal raids on Germany for the Zeppelin raids on Britain as part of the Independent Air Force; shot down over Germany and became a prisoner of war (POW) August 1918; discharged from RFC 1920; marriage and immigrated to Australia; employment in Australia; enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an instructor during the Second World War; community work; recreational activities.
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