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 WW1.  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, Charles Ulm , Sir Patrick Taylor, Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith were just a few among many who shaped aviation in the 20th century and who had 'cut their teeth' in the skies of WW1. 


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TAPLIN, Leonard Thomas Eaton

Service number W74516
11th Battalion VDC (WA)
Army Reserve WW2
Born 16 Dec 1895

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GORDON, John Rutherford

Service number 250854
Wing Commander
3 Initial Training School (Kingaroy)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 18 Jun 1895

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PALLISER, Arthur John

Service number Offic...
No. 4 Squadron
Australian Flying Corps
Australian Flying Corps
Born 2 Mar 1890

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HARMAN, Charles James

Service number 251051
Squadron Leader
RAAF Headquarters
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 22 Oct 1878

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BAKER, Thomas Charles Richmond

Service number Officer
No. 4 Squadron
Australian Flying Corps
Australian Flying Corps
Born 2 May 1897

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Service number Officer
Air Commodore
Unspecified British Units
British Army
Born 10 Sep 1896

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LUNNON, Jack Henry

Service number Officer
Second Lieutenant
28th Infantry Battalion
Born 26 Jul 1887