Australian Flying Corps

Bad weather prevented Hurley from getting photographs of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) on the Western Front, despite several attempts. In Palestine, he was more fortunate. He made two visits to No. 1 Squadron AFC in February 1918, going for his first flight with Captain Ross Smith and later flying on a bombing raid. Hurley’s second visit coincided with an inspection by Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel, commander of the Desert Column.

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No. 1 Squadron AFC, Palestine, February 1918
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Frank Hurley
Two Bristol fighters
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Frank Hurley
Captain Ross Smith (left), his observer, and their Bristol Fighter, Palestine, February 1918
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Captain Ross Smith, MC and bar, DFC and two bars, an ace who served with No. 1 Squadron AFC in the Middle East, made the first flight from England to Australia with his brother Keith in 1919. He was killed in a flying accident in 1922.