Pilots

This photograph, taken between October and December 1915 at Cockshott Point, is of Windermere pilots.

Donald Macaskie (on motorcycle), from Laleham, Middlesex, began his training in January 1915, aged 18, was wounded and crashed over the Somme in 1916 when he lost a leg, became a POW and was repatriated.

Seated, from left to right, are :-

Gerald Part, 21 from Stock Park, Windermere, began in May, joined the Royal Naval Air Service and was posted to Eastchurch.
David Robertson, from Pollokshields, Glasgow, 22, appointed an instructor and was posted to France where he took off and was never seen again.
Horace Benson, from Fleet, Hampshire, 21, began in October.
Noel Lawton, 21, from Endcliffe, Sheffield, was part of the October intake, and, commissioned in the Royal Flying Corps he survived the War.
Arthur Inglis, from Glasgow, 23, came in August but was killed in a motorcycle accident in December at Carnforth.
Harry Slingsby, 21, from Chester, came in March 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, joined the RFC and became a POW in 1918 after being shot down, ultimately a Squadron Leader.
John Lankester Parker, from Mildenhall, Suffolk, 19, 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, and in 1942 flew the first Windermere-assembled Sunderland flying boat.

The photograph was taken by Ronald Buck, from Heaton Moor, Stockport, 25, made his first flight in January, joined the RFC, and was posted to France where he was seriously wounded such as to be graded ‘permanently unfit for pilot duties’.

Windermere: birthplace of British naval and civil marine aeroplanes

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