Albert Earl Godfrey

19 Dec 1916 Training at Farnborough


I awoke today to heavy rains. So far this month we had rather unsettled weather for the first week. Very cold with mostly overcast skies and some snow on the second week but after the 17th, it became milder again and quite wet.

The coke stove was blazing hot thanks to my roomie and I quickly washed, shaved and dressed to join the men in the mess for breakfast.

Flight time today was cancelled so I spent most of the day in classroom training, as an intructor’s assistant, demonstrating the dismantling and reassembly of the Vickers and Lewis guns, with particular attention paid to the loading and unjamming of the breach.

After evening mess, I went back to my billet to go over my notes, paying particular attention to my personal observations of my performance on the practice bombing field. Tommorow, if the weather holds out, I will have my final run in bombing practice, after which I will be assigned a Nieuport scout to practice combat tactics in. We have been studying the operational aspects of the Nieuport 17 for some days now. I am anxiously looking forward to it. The light was fading quickly, so I put my notes away and prepared for turning in early.


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