Fysh, Sir Wilmot Hudson (Lieutenant, b.1895 - d.1974)

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine
Accession Number PR83/078
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 2.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Postcard, Log book, Book, Document
Maker Fysh, Wilmot Hudson
Place made Australia, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1914 - c. 1945
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 749/035/019
Conflict Period 1930-1939
Period 1920-1929
First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.
Description

Collection relating to the First World War service, interwar career with Qantas and Second World War service of 415 Lieutenant Wilmot Hudson Fysh, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (later Squadron Leader, Royal Australian Air Force), At sea, Egypt, Turkey, England and Australia, 20 October 1914 - c. 1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 comprises four folders:

Folder 1 of 4 - Contains four soldier's pay books relating to the First World War service of Fysh. The opening entry of the first pay book corresponds to his embarkation from Hobart on 20 October 1914, with subsequent entries covering service with the 1st Light Horse Brigade, initially as a member of the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and then No. 1 Australian Machine Gun Squadron, transfer to the Australian Flying Corps and service with No. 1 Squadron through to his discharge on 16 June 1919.

Folder 2 of 4 - Contains material relating to Fysh's training and service with the Australian Flying Corps. Items include two Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force transfer cards that record theoretical and practical training undertaken by Fysh, a gunnery certificate, an instruction book titled "Notes on Aerial Gunnery" published by Government Press in 1917, and an Officer's Record of Services Army Book recording personal particulars, courses completed, dates of promotion, and a summary of military service spanning his enrolment with the Geelong Grammar School Cadet Corps through to his service with the Australian Flying Corps. The folder also contains Fysh's pilot's flying log book covering the period 29 November 1918 to February 1921. The log book records information such as dates and times of flights, aeroplanes flown, instructors, wind direction, flight courses, and brief remarks relating to flying operations.

Folder 3 of 4 - Contains illustrated prints and postcards depicting Second World War aeroplanes in scenes such as air battles, bombing raids and regular flight operations. Five illustrated prints from the "Aeroplane Series" published by Brownlee Studios Ltd, feature British official war artists Charles Ernest Cundall, Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson and Norman Wilkinson as well as Geoffrey Herbert Pooley. The original titles of some or all of these artworks differ to the titles that appear on the prints published by Brownlee Studios Ltd. This folder also includes four sets of postcards (24 in total and blank on the versos) from the "Britain's Air Power" series published by J. Salmon Ltd, and illustrated by artists Albert Francis Derek Bannister and Roland Davies.

Folder 4 of 4 - Contains three pilot's certificates and licences issued to Wilmot Hudson Fysh during his interwar flying career with Qantas, and a pilot's log book he kept during this period with entries dating from 15 August 1921 to 17 September 1939. The pilot's log book includes a summary of past flying experience, and records information such as dates of flights, aircraft flown, flight routes and brief remarks relating to flying operations. The latter provide some insight into Fysh's flying experiences throughout this period encompassing test flights, practice flights, joy flights, demonstrations, mail delivery, aerial photography, air ambulance and taxi services.