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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RUSSELL, John Thomas

Service number 3500
Private
5th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Jan 1891

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SYMONS, Parker Whitley Tucknott

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

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HORNE, Herbert George MacMillan

Service number COMMI...
Second Lieutenant
Born 24 Jan 1898

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MCCLOUGHRY, Wilfred Ashton

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

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MCCLOUGHRY, Edgar James (aka KINGSTON)

Service number OFFICER
Air Commodore
Unspecified British Units
British Forces (All Conflicts)
Born 10 Sep 1896

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WATSON, Herbert Gilles

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

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KINGSFORD-SMITH, Charles Edward

Service number COMMI...
Lieutenant
Royal Flying Corps
British Forces (All Conflicts)
Born 19 Feb 1897

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COBBY, Arthur Henry

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