25 October 7:00 pm
– 9:00 pm
The heroics of the First World War's Air Aces come under the spot light in an illustrated talk by Group Captain David Baker.
David returns to tell the stories of pilots including Major James McCudden who recorded a total of 57 victories and personally received the Victoria Cross, DSO and Bar and Bar to his Military Cross from HM King George V.
Group Captain David Baker’s talk on the Flying Aces of World War One will take his audience soaring into combat with some of the greatest pilots of Germany, France and the United Kingdom. We will hear how Baron von Richthofen led the devastatingly effective Flying Circus until his death in April 1918. We will follow the French Ace George Guynemer as he spins out of control after been hit by his own Anti-Aircraft Fire. We will fly with the young Albert Ball VC alone in his Nieuport as he dives to attack 12 enemy aircraft and we will chase the German Ace Werner Voss as McCudden VC and his friend Rys Davids twist and turn trying to get Voss in their sights.
Flying without parachutes and fearing fire in the air, the young pilots admired the skill and courage of their opponents and were made heroes by a public longing to hear some encouraging news. Daily they faced their fears and flew high above the mud of the battlefields into the bitter cold of the whirling dogfights. They were truly heroes.
This will be the last lecture delivered in the Museum ahead of its closure for a £2.5million refurbishment.
A curry supper is available from the The Museum of Flying's Apache Cafe team from 6pm (vegetarian meal also offered).