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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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

PALLISER, Arthur John

Service number 1939
Lieutenant
No. 4 Squadron
Australian Flying Corps
AIF WW1
Born 2 Mar 1890

MANUEL , Roby Lewis

Service number 251946
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 7 Oct 1895

BUCKLAND, William Alexander John

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
No. 3 Squadron
Australian Flying Corps
AIF WW1
Born 1895

MCCLOUGHRY, Wilfred Ashton

Service number OFFICER
Air Commodore
Unspecified British Units
British Forces (All Conflicts)
Born 26 Nov 1894

WATSON, Herbert Gilles

Service number SERVI...
Captain
No. 4 Squadron
Australian Flying Corps
AIF WW1
Born 30 Mar 1889

COBBY, Arthur Henry

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

SYMONS, Parker Whitley

Service number COMMI...
Lieutenant
No. 4 Squadron
Australian Flying Corps
AIF WW1
Born 4 Aug 1893

SMITH, Ross MacPherson

Service number 217
Captain
Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
AIF WW1
Born 4 Dec 1892