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Log book of Giles Blennerhassett
log book, flight crew member
Log book & Images + blog article based on interview done at Dublin Roadshow, March 2012
Giles was a Lieutenant and became Captain during the war. He started the war with the Royal Irish Fusiliers and fought in the trenches until 1917. Giles was very much in fear of rats until the end of his life following this experience. In 1917, Giles joined the Royal Flying Corps; his son Brian contributed a log book about that period of time during which he conducted ground exercises, tested planes, etc. Giles was an observer on F.E.2.b planes; he was manoeuvering on the platform either with a camera or a gun. Giles used to mock the F.E.2.b pilots and call them "taxi drivers" as the position of the "observer" at the front of the plane was extremely exposed and he felt he was taking all the risks. Giles shot 7.5 planes at 10,000 ft between 1917 and 1918; he survived the war. His son Brian (92) contributed Giles' log book and a series of photos.