This photo, taken in either November or December 1915 at Cockshott Point, is of Windermere pilots.
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Donald Macaskie (on motorcycle), from Laleham, Middlesex, began his training in January 1915, aged 18, obtained his Aviator’s Certificate on 24 September, joined the Royal Flying Corps, a ‘Fight with Fokker’ caused a forced landing in France on 20 July 1916 when he lost a 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, appointed an instructor and was posted to France where he took off and was never seen again.
Horace Benson from Fleet, Hampshire, 21, arrived in October. Commissioned in the RFC, he 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, 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, and gained some notoriety in 1917 when he wrecked an SE5A by flying into a house whilst landing at night, and in 1918 when he fired 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, 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 photo was taken by Ronald Buck from Heaton Moor, Stockport, 25, who made his first flight in January, obtained his Aviator’s Certificate on 7 August, joined the RFC, and was posted to France where he was seriously wounded such as to be graded ‘permanently unfit for pilot duties’.