With the Royal Flying Corps (Somewhere in France)

The Film


Running Time
10 min 38 s

Topical Film Company

Royal Flying Corps base at Ste-Marie-Cappel, Western Front, late August 1917.

A Nieuport 17 of B Flight, 60 Fighter Squadron, badly damaged outside a hangar; mechanics removing a damaged wing. Three men working in a mobile repair shop. A new wing is fitted to a FE2d of 20 Night Bomber Squadron outside a hangar. A posed group of members of 60 Squadron, left to right: Frank Mongoose Soden (with dog), Captain William A Billy’ Bishop Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, Keith ‘Grid’ Caldwell, E W Moley Molesworth, Spencer ‘Nigger’ Horn. Pan over a larger group of the squadrons pilots. (Bishop left the squadron at the end of August, when it was moved from Filescamp Farm to Ste-Marie-Cappel, and this may still be Filescamp.) An FE2d of 20 Squadron (indistinctly marked “Presented by the Sultan of Mysore?) is wheeled out of its hangar. Other FE2ds of the squadron are armed, bombed up with 20-pounder and 112-pounder bombs; the pilot and gunner board one plane and the flight of five takes off. A Sopwith 1 ‘/2 Strutter of 45 Fighter Squadron is prepared for flight and the squadron takes off. One 1½ Strutter is shown stunt flying. Two FE2ds come in to land at Ste-Marie-Cappel past a line of 1 ‘/2 Strutters. (This scene dates the film, as by 1 September 45 Squadron had been completely re-equipped with Sopwith Camels.). The damaged Nieuport is 81629, for which lieutenant W Jenkins was the usual pilot. This aircraft was credited with the shooting-down of an Albatros on 15 JuIy 1917. Jenkins was himself killed on 17 November 1917.


Bristol F2B Fighter Sopwith Camel S.E.5a Class On Construction Using Curtiss JN-4 Fuselage, No. 4, School of Aeronautics, University of Toronto, 1917 Looping (Air Technical Service Poster) The Last Loop (Air Technical Services Poster) Low Flying-Strafing Machine Gun Battery (Air Technical Services Poster) William “Billy” Bishop William “Billy” Bishop, 1914-1918

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