The 1916 - 1939 Anecdotal History comprises excerpts from the books ‘Naval Eight’ and ‘The Mad Major’, which contain recollections of individual officers and airmen written soon after WWI, whilst memories remained vivid. There are also some shorter articles and a Roll of Honour of those who flew and fought with Naval Eight / 208 Squadron in the Great War.
Early Days in France 1916 - 1917
Click on the picture on the right to read Squadron Commander Geoffrey Bromet’s account of his time in command of Naval Eight from its formation in 1916.
‘The Mad Major’
Click on the picture on the left to read Christopher Draper’s account of his time in command of Naval Eight / 208 Squadron from 1917 to the end of the Great War.
The Flight Commander
Click on the picture on the left to read Flight Commander R J O Compston’s account of the period May 1917 to March 1918.
The Flying Officer
Click on the picture on the right to read Captain E G Johnstone’s account of his service as a ‘Flying Officer’.
The Armaments Officer
Click on the picture on the right to read Captain D W Pinkney’s account of his service as the Squadron Armaments Officer.
The Lower Deck
Click on the picture on the left to read PO Hammond’s account of the airman’s life on ‘The Lower Deck’.
Click on the image on the left to access a library of short stories about Naval 8 / 208 Squadron during the period 1916 - 1939.
Roll of Honour
In this section, the Association pays tribute to those who flew and fought on the Squadron during the Great War.