Ross Smith, image courtesy State Library of South Australia B6101
Smith, Ross – June 1917
The month of June 1917 was spent doing further flying training to qualify as a pilot. The Air Flying Corps grew out of the Army, and the Smith brothers were Army officers (Ross a Captain, and Keith a Lieutenant) who chose to become pilots.
Did my first solo after 1 hr. 14 mins. dual (in the Morris Farman)
Left Ishmalia and went to ABOUKIR to 22 Res. Sqdn to fly Avros. (AVRO 504) Peck was my instructor & I went solo on the 10th (of June)…. after 2 hrs 35 mins dual. I found landing Avros a little difficult at first.
We had a Regatta in Aboukir Bay & there we (sic) swimming races and all that sort of thing. It was very nice swimming at this time of year & we often got some good surf bathing. The old forts around Aboukir show signs of their bombardment. The Ancient Roman city of CANOPUS is quite near the aerodrome and parts of it are still in good repair. My weight is 11 st. 8 ½ lbs on the scales at the Union Club in Alex.
Started on Bristol Scouts
Started flying B.E.’s
Did my first loop. BE2 C.4540