Left;The London Gazette Ay 11, 1917 www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30064/supplement/4592 The Gazette retrieved online 24/04/17. Right; Military Cross. Source: Wikimedia commons
On the 24th of July 1917, Lt. P.G. Taylor was awarded the Military Cross and promoted to Captain. Unfortunately he received terrible news in the following days which overshadowed this prestigious honour. Today many of Bill Taylor’s belongings are kept at the Australian War Memorial.
HMAS Sydney, whose Mast is a permanent memorial at Bradley’s Head, had a few interesting engagements in the North Sea. On June 1st, 1918, her 2-F1 Sopwith Camel was scrambled to take on German aircraft attacking HMAS Melbourne …
HMAS Sydney’s Mast at Bradleys Head.
Sadly our colleague Janis Papanicolaou passed away on 2/05/2018. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
The microfiche machine in Local Studies where Janis spent many hours indexing the ‘Mosman Daily’
Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen was known by many names in 1918:
le Diable Rouge, the Red Falcon, the Red Devil. Lieut. E. C. Banks fought an aerial battle with The Red Baron, just before he was killed. The question of who shot down Richthofen continued long after his death…
An interview with Capt. J.M. Allport originally published in the 1969 Journal of the Australian Society of WWI Aero Historians, reproduced here with their permission.
Dramatic painting by Merv Corning depicts the action for which McLeod was awarded the Victoria Cross. McLeod sideslips the burning “Big Ack” to keep the flames from the rear fuselage while standing on the port wing root. In the rear, Hammond continues the fight. While the painting differs slightly in detail from the author’s account, it does indeed capture the drama of the event. Image via CAHS and Leach Heritage of the Air Collection, 1963 source: Boy-Hero-Alan McLeod. Jack Manning Allport describes the event because one of his Observer/Gunners was involved in this action.