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.  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.  The squadrons reverted to their AFC cardinal numbers (No 1SQN, No 2SQN and so on) 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.

AFC Training squadrons were formed in England to provide pilots and observers for the combat squadrons in the Western Front - 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 29 May 2018.  Contact to find out more or to register an interest in the final publication.