Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:48 PM
Just spotted this, and Lt Williams was the pilot in a remarkable encounter on 26 October 1915. His observer had been injured by an attacking Fokker and was unable to use his gun. Williams was then hit, blacked out and the aircraft began to spin. On realising what was happening, Lt Hallam, the observer, climbed back between the wing struts, shut off the fuel supply and managed to get enough control to put the aircraft on the ground behind French lines. The machine overturned and Williams was thrown out, badly injured and having lost a lot of blood, and both men were passed on to French Red Cross. As the Leeds University paper says, it's all in one of the early RFC communiques .... where the story goes on a little. An observer from 2 Squadron was on a visit to a nearby artillery battery, saw what had happened and, under fire, went to the aircraft and salvaged its Lewis gun and instruments. On hearing that the engine was still serviceable, 10 Squadron sent a party out two nights later to recover that, again under fire!