Centenary of No 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps postage paid envelope
This postage paid envelope celebrates the Centenary of No 3 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 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps and features the R.A.A.F. Association logo in the postage paid area.
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3 Squadron, the first Australian flying unit to arrive on the Western Front, was originally formed in September 1916 at Point Cook in Victoria. Transported to Europe on HMAT Ulysses, it landed in England on 28 December 1916 and was sent for training to South Carlton, Lincolnshire. On 24 August 1917 three flights (each of six RE-8 aircraft) left South Molton for Lympne in Kent. Delayed by bad weather, the squadron finally arrived at their appointed aerodrome in France (Savy) on 10 September 1917.
The cover painting by Norman Clifford depicts Captain Reg. Francis beside his RE-8. The RE-8 was the standard artillery observation and reconnaissance airplane throughout the British Air Forces and equipped No 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps, supporting the 1st Australian Army Corps on the Somme. It performed a variety of functions, from calling down Australian howitzer fire on the enemy to photographing and sometimes bombing them.