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It was always vees

It was always vees

Mr. Dickins describes formation flying, chain of command in the air, and difficulty maintaining a full complement of aircraft in a flight.

I had no room to manoeuvre

I had no room to manoeuvre

Mr. Dickins describes an incident wherein a piece of shrapnel disables his engine and he has to fly back to base “dead stick.”

Germans on his tail

Germans on his tail

Mr. Dickins describes the strengths and limitations of the German and British fighters, and the vulnerability of aircraft flying outside of a protected formation.

He was a bold fellow

He was a bold fellow

Mr. Dickins describes the DH-9's weapons, flying in formation and protecting other aircraft in a flight. Included is his description of shooting down a German Fokker D-7 fighter in a head-on confrontation.

Daylight bombing

Daylight bombing

Mr. Dickins describes the DH-9 bomber and its armaments, and the different types of bombing missions he flew.

The first plane I ever flew

The first plane I ever flew

Mr. Dickins describes getting his commission in the Royal Flying Corps and outlines the various aircraft which he flew.

Rum surplus

Rum surplus

Mr. Smith describes the influence of too much rum on his gun crew, and a brush with the military police.

Bullseye

Bullseye

Mr. Smith describes competition among the machine gun crews as part of his training regimen in the war zone.

Bloodshed and death

Bloodshed and death

Mr. Smith describes the deadly impact of German defenses at Drocourt-Queant (Hindenburg Line).

Honorable discharge

Honorable discharge

Mr. Smith discusses his return home from England.

Stray shells

Stray shells

Mr. Smith describes being in action at Drocourt-Queant (Hindenburg Line), witnessing a bayonet attack, and being wounded again by shrapnel.

No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

Mr. Smith describes the retaking of Vimy Ridge, and being wounded by shrapnel after reaching the Chalk Pit.

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