The AFC in The Grear War 1914-1918

The 1st Squadron served in Egypt and the Sinai from April 1916 and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Squadrons AFC served on the Western Front, all as units of the RFC.   The squadrons reverted to their AFC cardinal numbers (No 1SQN, No 2SQN, No 3SQN, No 4SQN) in 1918.  RAAF sources compiled after the war estimate that 880 officers and 2840 other ranks served overseas with the AFC, 70% of whom served in the field with the combat squadrons.

Four AFC training squadrons were formed in UK in 1917, effectively replacing CFS at Point Cook as the source of trained airmen for the squadrons. They provided pilots and observers primarily for the combat squadrons in the Western Front, but some went to No 1 Squadron in Egypt. Nos 5, 6, 7 and 8 Squadrons were based in Gloucestershire from 1917 until early 1919.  

Norman Clifford has compiled a history of combat operations, technical details and training notes/summaries, unique to the history of the AFC in The Great War. The history comprises 'war diary' experiences of squadron aircrew, maps, technical drawings and  photos, many never seen before. They provide the most comprehensive insight into squadron preparations and activities from their deployment in 1916 to their return to Australia at the war's end.

View excerpts from the compilation.  AFC in the Great War 1914-1918 will be launched at Point Cook on 28 May 2018.  Following the launch, the book will be available to purchase online.

Contact vpcomms@raafa.org.au to find out more or to order the book.