Centenary of No 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps postage paid envelope
This postage paid envelope celebrates the Centenary of No 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps and features the R.A.A.F. Association logo in the postage paid area.Read more
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This DL (110mm x 220mm) postage paid envelope celebrates the Centenary of No 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps and features the R.A.A.F. Association logo in the postage paid area.
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Following an invitation from Britain to the dominions to form complete flying squadrons for service with the British forces, the first squadron of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) was formed at Point Cook in Victoria in January 1916. It sailed from Melbourne on 16 March, and arrived in Egypt on 14 April. From May 1916 to January 1918, No 1 Squadron operated with BE-2c, BE-12e and Martinsyde aircraft, all of which were barely adequate for their tasks of reconnaissance, photography and light bombing.
The painting by Norman Clifford depicts a ground party from No l Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), inspecting a downed German Albatross near the Squadron's aerodrome at Weli Sheikh Nuran (Palestine) in 1918. The two aircraft overhead are Bristol Fighter F2Bs. The introduction of these highly effective aircraft in January 1918 enabled the AFC to take the offensive to the enemy, which resulted in high German losses.