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Cecil was a fighter pilot with the Royal Flying Corps, and had only 20 hours of flying experience when first posted to France for reconnaissance and contact patrol duties. His unique account documents the appearance of the Somme from the air - trenches that looked like the edge of lace doilies, and shells like lobbed tennis balls. His account is permeated with fearful honesty about how frightening it was to fight alone in the air, in stark contrast to the almost enjoyable hours spent on the airfields and towns of France.
Channel: BBC (Archive)
First Air Date: 10 Mar 2014
Duration: 39 mins
Collection: The Great War Interviews (13 episodes)
A collection of interviews with World War One veterans and civilians filmed in the 1960s for the landmark BBC series The Great War.