Robert Raymond Smith Barry, Pioneer Pilot

Royal Flying Corps BE8a

Royal Flying Corps BE8a

101 years ago this month, Robert Raymond SmithBarry, heir to Fota, left his base at Gosport and set off on his journey across the channel to France as the solo pilot in a BE2a like the one shown above. He was a member of no. 5 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. An experienced pilot, he had been flying since 1912. On this channel crossing pilots carried with them revolvers, maps, binoculars, spare goggles, a roll of tools, boiled water in a bottle, a small stove, and a haversack of biscuits, cold beef, chocolate and soup powder. The journey was not a direct one and no. 5 Squadron made their way to Shoreham, then Dover, then to Boulogne and from there to Mauberge. For Robert SmithBarry an eventful 4 years of war had begun …

 

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