[Cross posted from the RAF Museum]

As part of the RAF Museum’s First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture Series, Dr James Pugh will speak on ‘The Royal Flying Corps and the Western Front in 1915: Myths and Realities’.

Talk Outline

The year 1915 has been called the ‘black hole’ of First World War history. As such, 2015 affords the perfect opportunity to shine some light on one of the least explored periods of the conflict. The lecture will investigate the myths and realities of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and its role on the Western Front during 1915. This will include an examination of doctrine, policy, and practice; with a particular focus on the RFC’s approach to the control of the air. The lecture will conclude with an examination of the command changes that took place in the RFC during 1915; a process affected by the challenging personal relationships that existed between the senior officers of the Corps.

Location and Time

This lecture will be held in the RAF Museum’s lecture theatre at 12:30PM on Friday 13 February 2015.


This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information.

Book your tickets here.

About Dr James Pugh

James Pugh holds a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Military and International History (Salford), an MA in International History (Wales), and a PhD in Modern History (Birmingham). James is currently a Visiting Lecturer with the University of Birmingham, specialising in Air Power Studies and the history of the First and Second World Wars. He has published on air power doctrine and leadership, and he is currently researching the aircrew experience and aviation medicine in RAF Bomber Command between 1940 and 1945. His first monograph, The Royal Flying Corps, the Western Front, and the Control of the Air, 1914–18, is due for publication with Ashgate in 2017.

RAF Museum Research Programme

The First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures, funded by the HLF, forms part of the RAF Museum’s Research Programme for 2015. This programme also consists of the Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies and other events such as conferences. More details can be found in our leaflet, which can be downloaded here.

For more details about the RAF Museum’s research programme, please email me at ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org


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