1917 Summary of Activities

MONTHLY SUMMARY (incl. Losses and Incidents)

Squadron activity throughout 1917 included Travelling Flights, Collecting Machines, Aircraft and Equipment Tests, Ground Training, Flying Training and operational duties as a “Corps Squadron”

The following summarises the squadron’s activities as recorded in the Record Book

January

On 18th January 1917, the squadron mobilised to France, reforming at St André-aux-Bois on 3rd February 1917

February (1st Corps Wing, HQ 1st Brigade, (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])

Training continued at St André-aux-Bois in conjunction with representatives from the Cavalry Corps

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Reconnaissance, Formation Flights, Aerial Gunnery Practice, Duration Flights, Artillery Practice, Wireless Practice, Cavalry Co-Operation Practice, Aerial Combat Practice, Message Dropping, Lamp and Panel Reading

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

March (1st Corps Wing, HQ 1st Brigade, (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])

On 28th March 1917, the squadron started its move eastwards towards Savy and the front-line

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Aerial Gunnery Practice, Wireless Practice, Reconnaissance, Photography, Message Dropping, Signalling, Cavalry Scheme, Formation Flights, Lamp and Panel Reading, Contact Patrol, Tank Reconnaissance, Aerodrome Reconnaissance, Line Reconnaissance

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

April (1st Corps Wing, HQ 1st Brigade, (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])

The squadron reformed at Savy on 5th April 1917, in readiness for operational duties as a “Corps Squadron”

Savy Aerodrome

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Aerial Gunnery, Reconnaissance Practice, Photography Practice, Formation Flights, Aerial Combat Practice,

Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron” included: Learning Lines / Country, Line Patrols, Defensive Patrols, Contact Patrols, Reconnaissance

Extract from the squadron’s Record Book (9th April 1917)

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

May (1st Corps Wing, HQ 1st Brigade, (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])

The squadron moved south to Villers-Bretonneux on 13th May 1917 and then eastwards to Mons-en-Chaussee on 23rd May 1917

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Cavalry Contact Practice, Wireless Practice, Practice Shoots, Artillery Patrol Practice, Reconnaissance Practice

Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron” included: Line Patrols, Signalling, Cavalry Scheme, Photography, Contact Patrols, Learning Lines, Artillery Patrols

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

June (1st Corps Wing, HQ 1st Brigade, (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Practice Shoots, Photography Practice, Aerial Gunnery, Altitude Test, Reading Penneau, Contact Patrol Practice

Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron” included: Artillery Patrols, Photography, Reconnaissance, Destructive Shoots, Trench Registration, Message Dropping

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Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

July (1st Corps Wing, HQ 1st Brigade, (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])

The squadron moved back to Savy on 13th July 1917

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Practice Formation Flights, Practice Reconnaissance, Practice Contact Patrol, Aerodrome Practice

Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron” included: Special Reconnaissance, Reading Panel, Photography, Trench Registration, Artillery Observation, Artillery Patrol, Cavalry Patrol, Learning Line / Country, Balloon Patrol, Artillery Escort, Photography Escort

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

August (12th Corps Wing, 3rd Brigade, RFC (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])?

On 19th August, the squadron moved northwards to La Gorgue

La Gorgue

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Practice Contact Patrol, Practice Reconnaissance, Signal Practice, Force Landing Practice, Cavalry Practice, Landing Practice

Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron” included: Learning Line, Reading Lamp / Panel, Fighting Duty, Cavalry Patrol, Line Reconnaissance, Message Bag Dropping

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

Extract from GB Ash Flying Log Book (August 1917) [Courtesy of Andrew Pentland]

September (12th Corps Wing, 3rd Brigade, RFC (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])?

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Practice Reconnaissance, Practice Landing, Gunnery Practice, Photography Practice, Practice Contact Patrol

Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron” included: Fighting Duty, Reading Penneau, Learning Line, Contact Patrol, Line Patrol

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

October (12th Corps Wing, 3rd Brigade, RFC (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])?

On 5th October 1917 the squadron once again moved north to La Lovie aerodrome and then back south to Bruay on 17th October 1917

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Practice Landing, Practice Reconnaissance

Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron” included: Photography, Contact Patrol, Reconnaissance, Learning Line, Reading Panel, Bombing

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

November (12th Corps Wing, 3rd Brigade, RFC (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])?

On 7th November 1917, the squadron moved further south to Estrees-en-Chaussee

One of the messes at Estrees-en-Chaussee

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Practice Reconnaissance, Practice Landing, Photography Practice, Gunnery Practice, Practice Shoot

Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron” included: Reading Panel, Reconnaissance, Line Reconnaissance, Learning Line, Line Patrol, Contact Patrol, Bombing

Extract from the squadron’s Record Book

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

December (12th Corps Wing, 3rd Brigade, RFC (Attached to the Cavalry Corps [III Army])?

Flying Training carried out during the month included: Practice Shoot, Photography Practice

Operational duties as a “Corps Squadron” included: Contact Patrol, Line Patrol, Photography, Learning Line, Artillery Patrol, Line Reconnaissance, Photo Escort, Artillery Patrol

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows: