AFC / RFC operations Western Front / Middle East (World War 1, 1 April 1915 to 31 October 1918)

About This Campaign

Australian pilots were few and far between in the early years of World War I.  However by War's end they had certainly made their mark.

Numbers of Australian pilots served with RFC and later RAF units as well as in the Australian Flying Corps.  

A significant number of these men went on to play key roles in civil and military aviation;


Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (/explore/people/176109), Charles Ulm , Sir Patrick Taylor, Sir Ross (/explore/people/344326) and Sir Keith Smith (/explore/people/378603) were just a few among many who shaped aviation in the 20th century and who had 'cut their teeth' in the skies of World War I. 


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HARMAN, Charles James

Service number 251051
Squadron Leader
RAAF Headquarters (Melbourne / Brisbane)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 22 Oct 1878

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WATSON, Herbert Gilles

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No. 4 Squadron
Australian Flying Corps
Born 30 Mar 1889

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HORNE, Herbert George MacMillan

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Second Lieutenant
Born 24 Jan 1898

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MOREY, Alan Wilson

Service number OFFICER
Royal Flying Corps
British Forces (All Conflicts)
Born 1 Mar 1893

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COBBY, Arthur Henry

Service number O251334
Air Commodore
Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 26 Aug 1894

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Royal Flying Corps
British Forces (All Conflicts)
Born 19 Feb 1897

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CARTER, Duncan Campbell

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Australian Flying Corps (AFC)