I’ve always been in total awe of this flight - the feat of navigation is quite incredible given the poor met forecasting and lack of any expected winds aloft.
I see that Arthur Whitten Brown obtained a commission with the Manchester Regiment, but transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as an observer, until November 1915, when he was shot down over enemy territory, receiving a permanent injury in one leg. He was repatriated in September 1917 and spent the rest of the War working in the aircraft production department of the Ministry of Munitions, whilst studying for his private pilot's licence
. In 1919, he was out of work and looking for a job when he was invited by John Alcock to be the navigator in an attempt to make the first direct flight across the Atlantic.
However, all the pictures show him with a Pilot’s Flying Badge and not the Observer Flying Badge. Anyone know whether gaining a PPL in 1918 entitled you to a RAF Pilot’s Flying Badge?
Lt Brown is on the right of this photo - his Pilot badge and wound stripe on his sleeve are clearly visible.