S.C. Woolley was one of the 19 RM Officers who volunteered for the FAA under AF.O. 1058/24 and who were on overlapping courses at the R.A.F Flying Schools. Having qualified as a Torpedo pilot he spent the next four years of his F.A.A Tour in first line TBR Squadrons afloat in Argus, Eagle, Hermes and Furious. Most of this was spent in the Mediterranean, and China during the trouble between North and South China.
His ability as an aviator is mainly shown by the long period spent in squadrons without comment, proof of his absolute reliability. He was commended by Their Lordships for a new type of aircraft compass for pilots invented by him.
He returned to Corps Duty on 16 September 1929 and qualified as I of S.A and in 1938 he passed the Naval Staff Course (p.s.c.).
After a period of general service in Ships and shore establishments including GSO II at RMTG Devon and command of ITC he retired on 21 November 1949.