Sopwith Camel F1347
8 Sqn, AFC,
||AWM Caption - Starboard side view of a Sopwith Camel training aircraft (number F1347) at Leighterton airfield. It has the distinguishing emu silhouette of Number 8 (Training) squadron painted on its side and a Hythe gun camera mounted on the upper wing. A wire runs from the camera's trigger to the pilot's cockpit controls. An Avro 504 behind the Camel has TAB written in large letters on its starboard side. This biplane was the personal aircraft of Captain Elliot Frederick "Tabby" Pflaum a well known and popular flying instructor. Instructors like Plaum frequently flew distinctively painted aircraft and the TAB was reputedly the result of Plaum "buzzing" the Number 1 Wing's commanding officer, Lt/Colonel Oswald Watt AFC. An infuriated Watt ordered TAB be painted in large red letters on Pflaum's aircraft so it he could be easily recognized if he repeated the offense.