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Pilots at Windmere

Tribute is paid to the pilots in the above photo taken in either November or December 1915, at Cockshott.

For Aviators’ Certificates awarded to pilots at Windermere, please click here

Donald Macaskie (on motorcycle), from Laleham, Middlesex, 18, began his training in January 1915, obtained his Aviator’s Certificate at Windermere on 24 September, and joined the Royal Flying Corps (‘RFC’). However, a ‘Fight with Fokker‘ caused a forced landing near Albert, France on 20 July 1916 when he lost his right leg, became a POW and was repatriated.

Seated from left to right are:-

Gerald Part from Stock Park, Windermere, 21, began in May, joined the Royal Naval Air Service, achieved his Aviator’s Certificate on 24 August 1916 at Royal Naval Air Station Eastbourne.
David Robertson from Pollokshields, Glasgow, 22, obtained his Aviator’s Certificate on 12 February 1916 at Windermere and appointed an instructor, joined the RFC, posted to France where he took off in 1917 and was never seen again.
Horace Benson from Fleet, Hampshire, 21, arrived in October. Commissioned in the RFC, obtained his Aviator’s Certificate at the Military School, Catterick Bridge on 26 April 1916 and survived the War.
Noel Lawton from Endcliffe, Sheffield, 21, was part of the May intake, obtained his Aviator’s Certificate on 18 March 1916 at Windermere, joined the RFC.
Arthur Inglis from Glasgow, 23, came in August but was killed in a motorcycle accident in December at Carnforth.
Harry Slingsby from Chester, 21, came in March, obtained his Aviator’s Certificate on 4 October at Windermere, gaining some notoriety in 1917 when he wrecked an SE5A by flying into a house whilst landing at night, and in 1918 by firing a Very pistol from his Bristol fighter which landed on a tent containing the Minister for Air!
Samuel Sibley from Brighton, 19, came in March, obtained his Aviator’s Certificate on 30 July at Windermere, joined the RFC and became a POW in 1918 after being shot down, ultimately a Squadron Leader.
John Lankester Parker from Mildenhall, Suffolk, 19, having obtained his Aviator’s Certificate at Brooklands on 18 June 1914, started in February, and became an instructor teaching about 75 pupils to fly, achieving over 500 incident-free hours at Windermere. He later became the world’s leading seaplane test pilot for Short Brothers, and in 1942 flew DP176 the first Windermere-assembled Sunderland flying boat.

The above photo was taken by Ronald Buck from Heaton Chapel, Stockport, 25, who made his first flight in January, obtained his Aviator’s Certificate on 7 August at Windermere, joined the RFC, and was posted to France where he was seriously wounded in 1916 being graded ‘permanently unfit for pilot duties’.

The photo at the top of this page is of Royal Naval Air Station Windermere and was taken in 1916. Note the White Ensign flying.


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