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Australian Flying Corps – Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2017
Australian Flying Corps
In the early days of military flying the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) operated during World War One (1914-1918) under the overall structure of the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Four complete AFC squadrons took part in the war, flying reconnaissance, observation photography, bombing, ground attack and scouting patrols to engage enemy aircraft over the battlefields of Europe and the Middle East.
No. 1 Squadron departed Australia for the Middle East in March 1916. By late 1917 No. 2, 3, and 4 Squadrons were formed to fight in France (the three AFC squadrons accounted for 768 German aircraft destroyed on the Western Front). The AFC also operated an Australian Training Wing in England consisting of four training squadrons to train pilots to fly on the Western Front (No. 5, 6, 7 and 8 Squadrons).
According to the Australian War Memoriala total of 460 officers and 2,234 enlisted men served in the AFC during World War One and 178 of them unfortunately never returned home (more than a third died in training accidents). Lest We Forget.