I am new on this Forum & some features do not appear to work for me so please excuse any errors.
Just wanted to let anybody with an interest in the No 1 MARINE OBSERVERS SCHOOL at Aldeburgh know that Geoff Dewing wrote and self published a well researched guide to this Station:-
Dewing, Geoff. Air Station Aldeburgh 1915-1919; Geoff Dewing (East Molesey: Geoff Dewing, 1998). ISBN 0 9526416 2 3.
Although out of print copies are readily available to order off the Internet.
My father, William Redvers Forster (1900-75) was a flight cadet there in August 1918 before being commissioned and posted to Houton Bay Air Station in the Orkney Islands. In January 1919 he was posted back to Adeburgh as a member of staff. And he is one of the officers in the photograph of the staff in Geoff Dewing's booklet.
I would also like to ask Mick Davies whether he is related to the Bill Davies whose father also served at Aldeburgh and sent me some wonderful photographs taken there at the time, photographs which are NOT in Geoff Dewing's book.
Seaplane / Bill Forster
The MOS at Aldeburgh was been wound down at the time. The 2 DH6 were to be flown to Hendon, presumably 2 AAP for storage. The 2 DH6 were on an air test, prior to their delivery (?) flight. The wing of Adock's a/c hit the tail of Wright's. Both a/c came down near Aldringham. Wright was still alive and was taken to Ranelagh Road Hospital in Iswich, where he died. He was buried at Aldeburgh church on 30 May. Apparently, it was one day before his first wedding anniversary.