Published on November 22nd, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer0
RAeS Lecture – Irish Airmen of World War I
This lecture is under the auspices of the Royal Aeronautical Society Republic of Ireland Branch and all are welcome (no charge). The lecturer is excellent and his knowledge extends to the often colourful after-life (of those who survived).
SPEAKER: Mr. Joe Gleeson
TITLE: “Irish airmen of World War I“
Several of the highest scoring scout (fighter) aces of the First World War, such as Mannock, Hazel and McElroy, were Irish. Many critical wartime aeronautical developments were made by Irishmen, e.g. John Cyril Porte’s flying boats and Neville Florian Usborne’s airships.
Many Irishmen who served with the RFC, RNAS and RAF in World War I went on to play a notable role in aviation history in Chile, Lithuania and Ireland during the inter-war years, with yet others still attaining senior rank in the RAF in World War II.
The lecture would seek to address the contribution of the Irish aces to the Allied cause, but will focus on a number of squadrons with a significant Irish contingent.
It will also seek to briefly cover Huston’s role in Chile and the wartime service of the early Irish Air Corps pilots and observers from an RAF background, e.g. William Jasper McSweeney, Charles F Russell, William Percy Delamere, James C Fitzmaurice, Wilfrid Hardy and renowned Camel ace Oscar Heron.