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1 Mar 1916. Imbros

09/01/2017

24 Feb. Dickinson. Bush and Simpson went home on leave. Up in BD at 10.25 for thirty minutes during afternoon. Landed downwind as the smoke in the harbour was blowing north and on aerodrome was blowing north. Collected shells with Thorold in evening on beach between Salt Lake and harbour. Beautiful sunset and evening, sunny but very cold air through wind coming from the south.

25 Feb. Dickinson. Dunston left. Bought his gun and ammunition. Up in Henry Farmer for short flight. Not a movement in the air. Enjoyed it immensely. Played A Flight Agamemnon and won 6-1. Most amusing as ground was still soaking and very slippery.

27 Feb. Dickinson. Windy and wet. Letters during morning. Walk with Thorold to Bluff in afternoon. Rowdy singsong by Belton, Thorold, Hooper, Knkhead (Kinkead) and Burnaby while I wrote letters.

28 Feb. Dickinson. Sunny but cold with strong north wind. Up late and had boiled eggs in cabin. Received £8 pay. Walked out to Kephalo Point with Thorold between 4.30 and 7.15. A long way but very nice though; especially the cup of tea and homemade dough cake at the Lighthouse. More and worse singsong.

28 Feb. Bunnie. Morning reconnaissance of straits. Strong N. Wind but not bumpy. Excellent slow landing.

1 Mar. Dickinson. Up 7.00am. dull afternoon with south wind and wet evening. Watched Captain Carver of Repington fame salving stranded lighter. Signs of coming southerly gale.

1 Mar. Bunnie.Hun seaplane appeared, and several machines sent after him. ’59 in the back shed, so got away rather late. Went to Chanak and hung about for a bit but never saw him. Slow landing, but a bit heavy. No wind. Quite a fair amount of archie.

Bunnie seems to have had a quiet five days since his last flight. Was the aircraft unserviceable or was he ill, maybe?

Meanwhile Dickinson had a couple of flights. I’ve been unable to discover what BD was. It’s not obviously a type of aircraft, none of which had those initials, nor was it a serial of an individual machine, since they were all numerals. And how come he took off at 10.25 for thirty minutes but it was in the afternoon?

The Henry Farmer, on the other hand, is the Henri Farman F27, which proved to be the most capable and reliable of the two-seaters.

Henri Farman F27 with No. 3 Wing RNAS on Mudros in 1915.

Henri Farman F27 with No. 3 Wing RNAS on Mudros in 1915.

Bunnie’s reference to ’59 is 1259, his second favourite machine.

The two entries for 1 March are interesting in that they seem to have no common point of reference. You might have thought that Dickinson’s diary would mention the appearance of a German seaplane over the airfield, and the weather conditions don’t seem to tie up at all!

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