ARTHUR WILLIAM HAMMONDIn March, 1916, Hammond put in an application to be transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, “…goodness knows whether it will go through.  At any rate it will take some time yet.”  In December he wrote, “I expect to be kept fairly busy getting my transfer to the R.F.C. passed, when I get home, however if I do it at home there will be more chance of me being kept at home till I get my Pilot certificate, at least I’m hoping so co’s I’m just fed up with these filthy trenches.”  Hammond later writes, “I have been a long way back from the line these last 10 days doing some special work in a large Aerodrome of course nothing to do with my transfer, but of course I did no let the grass grow under my feet while I was there and I spoke to the major in command of one of the R.F.C. Squadrons and we go an A.1. in fact he has written to the War Office to push my transfer through and that I be posted to his Squadron, so now I am to be examined on the 14th…then if I get through alright I shall probably get my orders to report at the Squadron…”  He felt that the R.F.C. would be a “very good thing, leave regularly every three months and return for home service after a year out here.”  In March 1917 he brings his mother up to date on his hopes, ” We are very busy at present, great expectations from both sides as far as I can see, however, I hope I shall see it from above in an aeroplane, as I have put in another application, but it will stop my four months training at home which I was hoping to accomplish.”

By April he is back in England, training, “… I have not seen an aeroplane yet, but we attend lectures all day which needless to say are very interesting altho the hardest work is walking to and from the headquarters… to-day we had an examination which I have scraped through and I am going to Brooklands, Weybridge on Monday for the actual flying… ”  By the end of May, Hammond expected to be leaving for France once again.  He arrived in France in September and on October 29 he writes to his father, “What do you think of me as a full bloom aviator?  It is very interesting work tho a little strenuous at times…”