History KS3 / KS4: Being a pilot in WW1

The role of aircraft changed during the course of the war, and Cecil Lewis’s experiences reflect these changes.

Gaining a baptism of fire as a reconnaissance pilot over the Somme battlefield in 1916, he was later posted to a fighter squadron, where he saw incredible feats of daring and courage in the loneliest form of warfare.

This is from the series: I Was There: The Great War Interviews

Teacher review prior to use in class is recommended.

Teacher Notes

This clip will demonstrate the changing role of aircraft during the war, and their contribution to the Allied victory.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Also at Third Level, Fourth Level, National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE and SQA.

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Death and survival
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Going over the top
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Horace Leslie Birks interview
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Changes on the home front during WW1
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John Willis Palmer interview
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Life as a munitionette
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Attrition
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Life as an officer during WW1
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Recruiting soldiers in WW1
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One woman's loss
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How did shell shock affect soldiers?
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The Christmas truce, 1914
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Respite
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The Gallipoli campaign
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War in the air
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