Centenary of No 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps postage paid envelope
This postage paid envelope celebrates the Centenary of No 2 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 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps and features the R.A.A.F. Association logo in the postage paid area.
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The second squadron of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) was formed at Kantara in Egypt on 20 September 1916. It was Australia’s first fighter unit, equipped with de Havilland-designed DH-5s. Its initial personnel were drawn from 67 (Australian) Squadron and were soon supplemented by volunteers from the light horse regiments and extra mechanics from Australia. The squadron proceeded to the United Kingdom for training in January 1917, and in September was deployed for operations over the Western Front.
The cover painting by Norman Clifford represents a flight of DH-5 fighters returning from close offensive patrol over the front line on the Western Front. Because the little airplane was slow and lacked manoeuvrability success in action was moderate and consequently was only used by the Australians between 21 September and 6 December 1917. It was then exchanged for the SE-5 fighter which No 2 Squadron flew for the remainder of the war.