July 1935

Volume 4 Number 4  (40 of 88)

This issue of Popular Flying magazine features NO “Biggles” story.  The last “Biggles” story was published in the May 1934 issue



This issue runs from page 169 to page 232 (64 pages)





Inside Front Cover – A full page advert for the Supermarine Aviation Works (Vickers) Limited, Southhampton.


Page 171 – An advert for the R.A.F. Display, Hendon on Saturday June 29th 1935


Page 176 – Contents Page

(The contents page is on the same page as an untitled photograph of three autogyros)


Page 178 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled firstly “The Raid to Ruin” and then secondly “Revolt in the Depot” – the second part of the editorial is Johns own account of how he turned down Lawrence of Arabia for the R.A.F. when he was a recruiting officer – but he was forced to enlist him as Aircraftsman Shaw.  This is written just after Lawrence’s death and is a fascinating account)


Page 182 – How it Began – Some Sidelights on Military Aviation through the ages – by the Editor (W.E. Johns)


Page 187 – The Latest Service Aircraft – The Trend of Design in Equipment and Armament – Capt. C. E. Ward




Page 190 – Royal Air Force Equipment, 1935 – a two page illustration of 26 aircraft by Howard Leigh

(As to why this is not the centre page illustration for this issue, I have absolutely no idea)



Page 195 – The Progress of Aircraft Armament 19-? – 1919 – A. J. Insall

(“That question-mark should add considerably to the Editorial Windstocking; for I doubt if any living soul to-day can satisfactorily pin down the date when the arming of aircraft was first attempted.”)


Page 198 – Aerobatics With Smoke – Flt. Lt. C. W. McKinley Thompson, R.A.F.O.




Pages 200 and 201 – The Centre Pages – Picking up the “Gauntlet!” – An illustration by Frank L. Westley


Page 202 – Flying Wires – News from all Quarters




Page 204 – Portraits for Posterity (No. 15) – A Great Australian – Lieut. Frank Hubert McNamara, V.C.

(“On the Palestine Front, whilst flying a Martinsyde aeroplane, Lieut. McNamara saw Captain D. Rutherford’s machine fall into the Turkish positions.  The enemy ran out to take Rutherford prisoner, by McNamara swooped down to the rescue.  Coming under heavy fire from all arms on the ground, he was severely wounded in the leg, but managed to pick Rutherford up.  In attempting to take off with one leg on the rudder-bar, the Martinsyde swerved and crashed.  The two airmen set fire to the wreckage and, hotly pursued by the enemy, returned to Rutherford’s machine.  The engine was started.  McNamara climbed into the pilot’s seat, took off under point-blank fire from the enemy and, in spite of his severe wound, flew the badly damaged machine, with Captain Rutherford in it, seventy miles to safety.”)


Page 205 – Mannock’s Way – by “McScotch”

(“An account of one of Major Mannock’s victories, and the death of one of his friends”

An asterix by “McScotch” is followed by the note “See Editorial Note on page 216” and this note on this page, a continuation of the Editor’s Cockpit says “All I can say is that his photograph appeared in a group of 40 Squadron pilots we published recently, and that he was Mick Mannock’s closest friend.”)


Page 208 – Son of the Lion-Heart – Wilfred Tremellen


Page 211 – Model Notes – W. Rigby


Page 212 – The King’s Review of the Royal Air Force – Outline of Official Plans


Page 216 – Under the Windstocking

(“The Mannock-Richthofen Debate” (continued) – features a letter from “McScotch” (see page 205 above) where he says amongst other things “The average Englishman is shy and reserved, and no Englishman, unless he be an actor, politician, newspaper proprietor, showman or other type of exhibitionist can seriously take up a pen to write about his own exploits.  All those who do so are immediately ranked amongst the poseurs and the charlatans.”)


Page 227 – A full page advert for “The De Luxe Ford”


Page 230 – Who Killed Immelmann? – A letter from Mr. McCubbin

(“The officer who was officially credited with shooting down the famous German ace” – This very brief letter reads as follows “With reference to the March issue of this paper, I note the article entitled “Who Killed Immelmann?”.  I do not wish to start a controversy on this subject, but I know the British official version is correct.  With regard to the photograph of myself, I would very much like to have a copy of this; also if Mr. Hargreaves could tell me where it was taken, I should be very much obliged.  I wondered if it was taken on one of the ambulance barges that took the wounded up from Bethune to St. Omer.    G. R. McCubbin.”)


Page 232 – The Buyers’ Log


(Again, no John Hamilton advert on the back cover)


Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is Frank L. Westley

The picture is titled “Royal Air Force Day-Bombers, 1935”