Centenary of No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps postage paid envelope
This postage paid envelope celebrates the Centenary of No 4 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 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps and features the R.A.A.F. Association logo in the postage paid area.
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4 Squadron, the last Australian Flying Corp (AFC) Squadron to be formed during World War I, was established at Point Cook, Victoria, in late October 1916. The unit embarked for England on 17 January, arriving at Plymouth on 27 March, and was sent for training to Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham. Equipped with Sopwith Camel fighters, the squadron arrived in France on 18 December 1917. The Camel was difficult to fly, but once mastered, skilled pilots used its extreme agility to out-manoeuvre most enemy scouts. In experienced hands, the Camel was lethal to the German fighters.
The cover painting by Norman Clifford depicts three Sopwith Camels of No 4 Squadron, led to Captain Harry Cobby. They attacked a flight of German Fokker triplanes 10,000 feet over the front lines in France in March 1918. The other two Camels were piloted by Lieutenant Roy King and Lieutenant RG Smallwood.