• Training

    Friday 7 December 2007 by Peter Burness.

    Trainees, instructors and staff for the Australian Flying Corps first flying training course which began 17 August 1914. They are pictured in front of a BE2A aircraft in a hangar at the Central Flying School, Point Cook, Victoria. Some Australian pilots qualified at courses at Point Cook, Victoria, and at Richmond, New South Wales; however, from 1917, most were trained in England. It took about 8 months to produce a pilot, …

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  • The Concept of the Ace

    Friday 7 December 2007 by Peter Burness. 1 comments

    The bold exploits of the fighter pilots caught the attention of the public. Aerial duels fought by young men in the clear skies satisfied the heroic notion of warfare; something that the bloody trench fighting could no longer do. Each nation had its air heroes, although many of them had only short lives. Those who destroyed five enemy aircraft were referred to as ‘aces’. The greatest of these, of any side, was the German, Manfred von …

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  • Lowell Thomas footage and press report

    Thursday 6 December 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Our installation is almost complete now and we will open tonight. This week a few of us have done a lot of media interviews, so it looks to be attracting a good deal of attention already. We released some edited film footage taken by Harry Chase for Lowell Thomas during his short stay with Lawrence and the Arabs in 1918. It was provided by the Imperial War Museum as it comes from their collection. You can view this footage and read a press report…

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  • The Role of Aircraft

    Thursday 6 December 2007 by Amanda Rebbeck.

    Reconnaissance was once the role of the cavalry. In the First World War, aircraft being able to get above and well behind the enemy’s lines, could do it so much better. This role was further enhanced by aerial photography. Observers in aircraft could also direct artillery fire onto targets. Soon armed single-seater fighter-scouts were hunting the reconnaissance planes, and it became necessary to protect them. A Williamson …

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  • The Australian War Theatres

    Thursday 6 December 2007 by Peter Burness.

    Australian airmen served overseas from the earliest days of the First World War. Two pilots were sent to New Guinea in 1914, but were not needed. The following year a group, to become known as the Mesopotamian half-flight, went to the Middle East and were absorbed into the Royal Flying Corps. Here, in a disastrous campaign for the British against the Turks, the Australian Flying Corps suffered its first casualties and some of the men were taken …

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  • Captain E. J. McCloughry DSO, DFC*, MID, No. 4 Squadron, AFC

    Wednesday 5 December 2007 by Amanda Rebbeck. 1 comments

    On 21 February 1919 Captain Edgar J. McCloughry wrote a review of his experiences in France whilst serving with No. 4 Squadron AFC. This review, in the form of a thirteen page letter, covered the period from June-September 1918 and was written in response to a request from the Officer in Command of the Australian War Records Section. It is rare to come across a document such as this; there are only a handful held amongst the approximately one …

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  • Installation . . . at last!

    Monday 3 December 2007 by Mal Booth.

    The painters have been here We promise to clean this up before anyone steps in a can. Andy Paul unpacking IWM loans. The quarantine inspection! The loans were unpacked last Friday under the supervision of Andy Holbrook, the loans shipment courier who is the Collections Care Manager at the IWM, and our Quarantine Inspector from AQIS. The reverse of the famous Augustus John Lawrence…

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  • "Seven pillars of wisdom" - various editions

    Friday 30 November 2007 by Mal Booth.

    The many different versions of Seven pillars of wisdom are sometime difficult to understand, but since I put a small box of text about our 1926 subscribers' edition into an article I wrote for Wartime, I have had to field a few questions about them. When we've solved our image attachment problem in WordPress, I'll attach what images we have of each of them for further identification. I'll now attempt to summarise the differences for you here in …

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  • A progress report

    Thursday 29 November 2007 by Mal Booth. 3 comments

    Steve Burton checking a catalogue image closely at the printer’s With only a week to go before we open, much progress is being made. Recently a number of us have been heavily engaged in the following list (not exhaustive) of activities: The final stages of the design process to do with balancing and sequencing objects, art works and images as we finalise the plans for the exhibition space. Re-drafting, proofing and printing all…

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  • Experiences of a Prisoner of War in Turkey - Capture

    Tuesday 27 November 2007 by Amanda Rebbeck. 2 comments

    Lieutenant A R Brown (left) and Lieutenant G Finlay (right) in a Bristol Fighter. On 27 June 1918 two Bristol F2B Fighters from No. 1 Squadron AFC, A7236 and B1149, took off on a reconnaissance mission over Kitrine. The two aircraft were piloted by Temporary Captain A. R. Brown/ Lieutenant G Finlay and Lieutenants G. V. Oxenham/L. H. Smith respectively. By the end of the mission Lieutenant Smith had been made a Prisoner of War. …

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