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Darragh Christie, 1 June 2018 · # · Comment [1]

HMAS Sydney's flying 1sts

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.

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Darragh Christie, 3 May 2018 · # · Comment [2]

Janis’ memory, dear to us.

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’

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Darragh Christie, 21 April 2018 · # · Comment [2]

Souveniring history: Lt. E.C. Banks and the Red Baron’s last flight.

Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen was known by many names.
le Diable Rouge, the Red Falcon, the Red Devil. Lieutenant E. C. Banks of 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, fought an aerial battle with The Red Baron, just before he was killed on the morning of the 21st of April, 1918.

Fokker Triplane

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Darragh Christie, 20 April 2018 · # · Comment

Capt. Allport, MC: Air war over the Western Front

‘My observer, Arthur Hammond, a Canadian who saw them first, got a good burst into one of them, which went down in flames.’ B&W illustration by Derek White. (Signed DW’69.) Reproduced with permission from the Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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Darragh Christie, 20 April 2018 · # · Comment

Fledgling wings: Lt. Taylor inspires Gunner Allport.

Capt. P.G. Taylor in the cockpit of an Se5a.Capt. J.M. Allport stands beside his Re8.

‘Bill’ Taylor and Jack Manning Allport’s paths crossed, albeit briefly, in England’s green and pleasant fields. At the time 2nd Lieutenant Taylor was training to be an aviator, and Gunner J.M. Allport was looking to the skies…

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