Following the creation of the Machine Gun School in September, the Royal Flying Corps has introduced further training in air fighting. A War Office letter to the Officer Commanding the II Brigade summarised the situation:
“I am directed to inform you that as the number of combats in the air is constantly increasing it has been decided that pilots and observers under instruction at home should be trained, as far as practicable, in ‘fighting in the air’.” This instruction will be carried out by the existing Reserve Squadrons – though there is no detail on how it will actually be done.
In addition, graduated pilots, the letter suggests, should be mentored by an experienced flight commander. Training in night flying, for specially selected officers, has also been added to the work of the squadrons.