Australian Flying Corps 1914 - 1919.


The Australian Flying Corps Website covers many details of the Australian Flying Corps service through 1914 to 1919. From George Taylor lobbying the Government in 1911 to operations by scout, corps and bombing squadrons in Mesopotamia, Palestine and France during World War I.

The Australian Flying Corps was to be the forerunner of the modern day Royal Australian Air Force. The pioneering spirit of the Australian Flying Corps spread into civil aviation after World War I as well. The most noted being Qantas which was formed by Hudson Fysh and "Ginty" McGuiness.

Whether you are a first-time visitor or a frequent visitor to the site, there will be information inside of interest to you. A complete listing of the Website section by section is below. Also check out the AFC News Section where news to do with the AFC is posted. The last news update was August, 2001.


ANZAC Day, April 25th commemerates when the the Australians and New Zealanders hit the beaches in the ill fated Gallipoli campaign at 4.28 AM. The first ANZAC day was in 1919 when the soldiers of the Austalian Imperial Force marched to Trafalger Square in London and the aircraft of the Australian Flying Corps took part in a flyover.

Today ANZAC Day is commemerated in dawn services across the country where the rising sun is met with the bugle call of the "Last Stand". The main streets of cities and towns through out Australia fill with veterans of all wars marching through them.

They shall not grow old, As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, And in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest We Forget.


"I am an Australian and I don't have any manners." : Lt Colonel Oswald Watt, Australian Flying Corps.

Details for the RAAF History Conference.

Date - 24 August 2001.
Venue - The Bradman Theatre, National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Ave, Canberra.
Registration $55.00 (Includes GST, lunch and refreshments - They accept cash, credit cards or cheques made out to 'Collector of Public Monies' )

Further Information Contact - The Aerospace Centre, RAAF Base, Fairbairn ACT 2600. Ph: 02 6287 6641
Fax: 02 6287 6382

Email Registration - registrations@aerospacecentre.com
Website http://www.defence.gov.au/aerospacecentre/.



A Chapter of Endless Possibilities
The Birth of Australian Military Aviation

RAAF History Conference Brochure. Click for larger image. For a list of previous Conference Papers view the RAAF Aerospace Centre website. The previous papers are under the sub-heading Publications and Books. Other detail on the Conference is in the News Section.

Conference Program

0745 - 0830 Registration
0830 - 0845 Opening Address - Chief of Air Force
0845 - 0945 The Perception of Flight Before WW1 - Group Captain Ian MacFarling
0945 - 1015 Morning Tea
1015 - 1115 The Development of Air Doctrine in the War - Mr Peter O'Sullivan
1115 - 1215 Australian Aviation Personalities in the War - Group Captain Mark Lax CSM
1215 - 1315 Lunch
1315 - 1415 Harry Hawker and the Spin - Dr. Colin Martin
1415 - 1515 Aircraft in Palestine - Dr. John Mordike
1515 - 1545 Afternoon Tea
1545 - 1645 The Early Post-War Years and the Establishment of the RAAF - Dr. Alan Stephens
1645 - 1700 Closure - Chief of Air Force


"In individual squadron fighting these Australians had no equals in their best days." : Lt Colonel Louis A. Strange, Royal Air Force.

History Of the Australian Flying Corps : From George Taylor lobbying the Government in 1911 to operational squadrons in Mesopotamia, Palestine and France during the Great War.

Organization of the Australian Flying Corps : The Organization of the AIF and AFC including the Order of Battle, Statistics, and Squadron organization.

Central Flying Schools of the Australian Flying Corps : The AFC began with the creation of the Central Flying School at Point Cook. The AFC was to maintain a Training Wing in the UK as well as an Aviation School in Richmond.

Squadrons of the Australian Flying Corps : The Operational Squadrons of the AFC. Their history, their commanders, their aerodromes, their aces, their insignia. Covering the ANMEF in New Guinea during 1914 through to 4 Sqn AFC in Bickendorff, Germany in 1919.

Aircraft of the Australian Flying Corps : A listing of all aircraft types used by the AFC for operational and training purposes. There is also a list of all WWI display aircraft in Australia and New Zealand with the Museums listed.

Profiles of AFC Aircraft : Side on profiles of aircraft and markings flown by AFC pilots in Australia, England, Palestine and France.

Gallery on the Australian Flying Corps : Photographs on the subject of the Australian Flying Corps. Including modern day photographs of Australia Hill at Hurdcott, England, the American National Air and Space Museum Sopwith Snipe and Cobby's Charlie Chaplin.



Feature : Lt Colonel Walter Oswald Watt. One of the great leaders to come out of the Australian Flying Corps. The Feature includes a Biography on "Ossie" Watt, the winners of the Oswald Watt Medal Winners, a Gallery of photographs showing Watts service and the published books on Oswald Watt.



Feature : Twenty Five Days over Cambrai, 2 Squadron Australian Flying Corps Battle of Cambrai told through the RFC Communiques for Nov - Dec 1917.


Aces of the Australian Flying Corps : A listing of aces of the Australian Flying Corps as well as the Australian and New Zealand Aces in the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force. Includes Biographies and Victory Lists.

Servicemen of the Australian Flying Corps : The Nominal Roll of the AFC including the 2619 members as well as the known AIF members the Royal Flying Corps recruited in 1916.

Roll of Honour of the Australian Flying Corps : The Roll of Honour of the men who died in the service of the Australian Flying Corps between 1914 and 1921.

Official Documents of the Australian Flying Corps : A collection of Combat Reports, Communiques, Service records, Casualty cards and other documents.

Articles on the Australian Flying Corps : Contributed articles on the Australian Flying Corps, or Australians and New Zealanders in aviation in WWI.

References on the Australian Flying Corps : List of books and periodicals that have information on the Australian Flying Corps and have been used by this site for reference. The books are listed with publisher and availability detail.

The Australian Flying Corps in Scale : Many who have a keen interest in the area of World War I aviation history also have keen interests in scale modelling. This section contains a list of scale kits that have AFC marking options or marking options of Australian or New Zealand pilots.

Links : Links to other pages to do with World War I Australian Military and Australian Aviation history.


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