All the facts in this poem about Ella Harding, RFC (later RAF), and her work at the aerodrome and the gifts given to her, are sourced from her diaries at the Imperial War Museum. Other dates are historically accurate, too.
|Ponderous ... The slow, all-too-stable BE 2c was still in service in 1916, literally a "flying target" for German pilots. It was probably a fighter that Ella knew well. Thanks to Wikipedia for the view.|
And, courtesy of You Tube and the Historical Aviation Film Unit, here's the sound of a real World War 1 1917 Sopwith Camel >>>>>
In the year after Queen Victoria died,
and flying grew up together.
made the 'sails', the Camel's cloth,
Sometimes, high above the fields of Wye,
airmen made their friend, our Ella,
when she wore one, or saw the other,
And again, see roundels in the sky, above the whispering fields of Wye.