8 Feb 1916.

I think I finally found Dickinson’s mythical granddad.

Bristol Scout

6 Feb.

Flt Sub Lt Dickinson arrived at the airfield, aged 19, fresh out of Eton College. He kept a diary which helps to fill in the days when Bunnie didn’t fly, and it helped to fill in more of the atmosphere of the place.

For 6 Feb, for example he says it was ‘Very cold and dark and miserable.

8 Feb.

Bunnie had a busy day. with three flights in three different machines. Firstly, a flight in 1259 escorting a Maurice Farman over Fusilier Bluff and Hunter Weston Hill. Secondly, a ten minute hop in 1264 testing the engine, which was OK. He also ‘…meant to fly alongside the Caudron to compare speeds, but never saw him in the air at all.‘ This may come as a bit of a surprise that another aircraft can get completely lost just within five minutes of the airfield…

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