• Royal Flying Corps •

• Reference •

Many thanks to all the people who have contacted me with additional information, comments and queries. In particular Mick Davis for many additional logbooks and Alex Revell and Paul McGuiness for keeping me on my toes.

Also FM and CA Dougherty for information on Canadian Curtiss JN-4 serials.

Lorne Bohn for logbooks and many photos and John Penny of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust for providing a copy of Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service.

To Steve Russell and Graeme Neale for the Royal Aero Club certificates and index, and Alan Eyre and Michael Fox for amendments.

Roman Firsov for correcting my list of Russian cadets and providing additional details.

And to Sharon at the Spalding Gentlemen's Society for unearthing two rare aircraft log books.

Online resources

National archives Discovery database

Flight magazine archive

London Gazette archive

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

RAF Museum Research Department collections

RAF Museum documents

RAF Museum Casualty cards

International Red Cross Prisoner of War records

Australian War Memorial WW1 Nominal Rolls and War Diaries

Canadian Personnel records

 Canadian circumstances of death cards

 Royal Flying Corps Honours and Awards

British Library London - India Office Records [IOR]

The Vintage Aviator.co.nz

1000 aircraft photos

The Great War Forum

The Aerodrome Forum

Family History genealogy

Free UK births deaths and marriages

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Cross and Cockade International

Royal Navy Aircraft Serials and Units 1911-1919. Ray Sturtivant and Gordon Page. ISBN 0 85130 191 6

The Sky Their Battlefield: Complete List of Allied Air Casualties from Enemy Action in WWI. Trevor Henshaw. ISBN 1898697302

Airmen Died in the Great War 1914-1918. Chris Hobson. ISBN 0 871505 81 X

The Cross of Sacrifice. SD and DB Jarvis.(3 volumes)

Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing): Casualties and Honours During the War of 1914-17.

Above the trenches-A complete list of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces. Christopher Shores/Norman Franks/Russell Guest. ISBN 0 948817 19 4

Royal Flying Corps Communiques 1917-1918. Chaz Bowyer. ISBN 1898697795

Royal Air Force Communiques 1918. Christopher Cole. ISBN 1871085047

A Contemptible Little Flying Corps. L. McInnes and J.V. Webb. ISBN 0 948130 98 9

Britains First Warplanes - a Pictorial Survey of the First 400 Naval and Military Aircraft. J.M. Bruce. ISBN 0 85368 852 4

Royal Air Force Flying Training and Support Units. Ray Sturtivant, John Hamlin and James J Halley. ISBN 0 85130 252 1

Flying Units of the RAF. Alan Lake. ISBN 1 84037 086 6

British Aviation Squadron Markings of World War I. Les Rogers. ISBN 0 7643 1284 7

A Passion for Flight. Errol W Martin. (3 volumes) ISBN 978-0-473-20387-0 ISBN 978-0-473-24529-0 ISBN 978-0-473-26424-6

The Great War-Plane Sell Off. Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume. ISBN 1 904514 18 9

The Aeroplanes of the Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing). J.M. Bruce. ISBN 0 370 30084 x

Aeroplanes of the Royal Aircraft Factory. Paul R. Hare. ISBN 1 86126 209 4

Airco - the Aircraft Manufacturing Company. Mick Davis. ISBN 01 86126 393 7

The Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b/d. The Royal Air Force Museum and Cross & Cockade International. ISBN 978 0 9555734 1 5

The DH4/DH9 File. Ray Sturtivant and Gordon Page. ISBN 0 85130 274 2

Nieuports in RNAS, RFC and RAF Service. Cross & Cockade International. ISBN 978 0 95555734 0 8

The Camel File. Ray Sturtivant and Gordon Page. ISBN 0 85130 212 2

The SE5 File. Ray Sturtivant and Gordon Page. ISBN 0 85130 246 7

Sopwith Dolphin in RFC, RNAS, RAF and Polish Service. Mick Davis et al. Cross and Cockade. ISBN 0955573424

Royal Air Force Aircraft J1-J9999 and WWI survivors. Air-Britain. ISBN 0 85130 151 7

Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft since 1913. Tapper. Putnam. ISBN 0851778267

Avro Aircraft since 1908. Jackson. Putnam. ISBN 0851778348

Blackburn Aircraft since 1909. Jackson. Putnam. ISBN 0851778305

Bristol Aircraft since 1910. Barnes. Putnam. ISBN 0851778232

Curtiss Aircraft 1907-1947. Bowers. Putnam. ISBN0370100298

De Havilland Aircraft since 1909. Jackson. Putnam. ISBN 085177802X

Fairey Aircraft since 1915. Taylor. Putnam. ISBN 0870212087

Handley Page Aircraft since 1907. Barnes. Putnam. ISBN 0851778038

Shorts Aircraft since 1900. Barnes. Putnam. ISBN 0851778194

Vickers Aircraft since 1908. Andrews/Morgan. Putnam. ISBN 0851778151

Les Avions Farman. Jean Liron. Lariviere. ISBN X000590214

Les Avions Caudron. Andre Hauet. ISBN 2914017081 and ISBN 291401709X