Good point about What They Knew. The flying technique employed in WW I appears sensible from our perspective because we grew up with Theory of FLight, etc. It's pretty clear, however, that many Great War guys just did whatever it took without much concern as to reasons & theory. One example is in Chris Draper's "The Mad Major" in which he had trouble rolling a Camel (intentionally, that is!) The instructor merely said, "Fly it through." IIRC Draper went away perplexed, wanting more detailed info, but found with experimentation that what appeared to have been control reversal over the top was just logical use of the rudder to keep the nose up while the wings passed thru the horizon.
You will not rise to the occasion: You will default to your level of training.