The Belge Croix de Guerre
Awards of the Belge Croix de Guerre to Members Of The Australian Flying Corps
Lieutenant B.J. Blackett was one of seven observers from 3 Squadron AFC who in late 1917 were dispersed to British squadrons to be trained as Army Observers. 3 Squadron was being formed at the time as a Corps Squadron and the remaining Observers were trained as Corps Observers. Lieutenant E.R. Dibbs, one of the seven observers, met Major D.V.J. Blake the operational commander of 3 Squadron and told Blake of the seven observers being sent to British squadrons. Blake organised for the observers to be transferred back to 3 Squadron. Unfortunately two had already been killed in action and a third wounded in action. Blackett was unique in that he remained attached to the Royal Flying Corps for intelligence duties, he later transferred to the Royal Air Force.
Australian Flying Corps : A Complete History of the Australian Flying Corps