Royal Flying Corps Fighter Pilots Ephemera
RFC Ephemera to a WW1 Fighter Pilot, who later became an Air Commodore in the Royal Air Force.
James Adolph William Armstrong signed up to join the Royal Flying Corps in November 1915.
He was posted as an Aircraft Mechanic to the Aircraft Parks, Farnborough South, Hant's.
In 1916 he was awarded a Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and he began flying training.
Successfully, he was awarded his Pilots wings in April 1917.
He was then sent to France in May 1917 to join 48 Squadron.
This Squadron was the first unit of the Royal Flying Corps to be equipped with the Bristol Fighter (B.F.2) aircraft.
The Squadron accounted for 317 kills and possessed no fewer than 32 aces during WW1.
Topping this list, with 20 confirmed kills, was the Squadron's New Zealand-born commander, Keith Park, who during WW2 commanded 11 group fighter command, in the Battle of Britain.
Two weeks after joining 48 Squadron, 2nd Lt. Armstrong was 'shot down' during Aerial Combat whilst flying a Bristol Fighter on an Offensive Patrol.
Both he and his observer/air gunner escaped without serious injury (needs further research).
Armstrong survived the war to later rise through the officer ranks to become a high ranking Air Commodore in the RAF.
In his Ephemera group are his Original -
RFC Commission document, His RFC Officers Pilot Certificate, His RFC 1917 dated 'Fighting In The Air' Booklet (staple rust) His RFC Flying Instruction Booklet dated March 1918 (rusty staples & rear cover stain) A superb 'original' 8 x 6" photograph of him wearing his RFC maternity uniform and Flying Helmet/Goggles, Copies of his RFC service record, Attestation record, Medal Index Card, and others...
An interesting and rare group of documents to a RFC Fighter Pilot in need of further research.