41 Squadron RFC and 21 and 22 Kite Balloon Sections set off for the front today.
41 Squadron Commanding Officer Major Joseph Herbert Arthur Landon had already left by sea on the 13th and will arrive at St Omer today. Lieutenant Claude Gordon Beatson and 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Francis Barker travelled with him. The remaining officers flew over today. These are Flight Commanders Captains Ian Archibald James Duff and Robert Henry Brackman Ker. The other officers are Lieutenant Cedric Ernest Victor Porter and 2nd Lieutenants Robert Stanley Aitken, Valentine Henry Baker, Ernest Bennet Worsley Bartlett, Stanley Forrester Browning, Samuel Francis Cody, Allan Denison, Norman Bruce Hair, Stephen Hay, Harold Jackson, Edward Cecil Henry Robert Nicholls, Thorold Perkins, Kenneth Harries Riversdale Elliott, Murton Adam Seymour, Claud Harry Stokes, and Stanley Wedgwood Taylor.
That said six of them didn’t make it to St Omer due to various breakdowns, including Bartlett who crashed near Lydd on route – he escaped unharmed.
Samuel Cody is the son of the famous flight pioneer Of the same name who was killed in 1913.
The Squadron will remain at St Omer for a few days before moving to its new bases at Abeele. The Squadron is entirely equipped with FE8s.
The Kite Balloons Sections left by sea today for the front and will not arrive for a few days. 21 Kite Balloon Section is commanded by Captain VO Todd. Other officers include Lieutenant Reginald Percy Sewell and 2nd Lieutenants Harold Eartlake Ambrose, Frank Bentham Stevens and Thomas Woodman. 22 Kite Balloon Section is commanded by Captain Geoffrey Arthur Mitchell. Other officers are Lieutenants Laurence Alfred Dircks, and Reginald Mark Plummer and 2nd Lieutenants HE Biggs, Edward George Boulenger and Sidney Charles Shepherdson.