• Captain Cedric Howell

    Tuesday 19 August 2008 by Amanda Rebbeck. 2 comments

    Captain Cedric Howell was one of Australia’s greatest fighter pilots. Initially serving as a sniper with No. 46 Battalion he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in March 1917; part of the original group of 200 Australians recruited from the AIF. He joined No. 45 Squadron, RFC and saw active service with this unit in France and Italy. Howell claimed nineteen victories during his active service and received the Distinguished Service …

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  • The 1919 Air Race

    Wednesday 13 February 2008 by Peter Burness. 9 comments

    In March 1919, four months after the war was over, the Australian government announced that it would give a £10,000 prize for the first successful flight from England to Australia. Despite the obvious dangers, this appealed to some airmen, not yet discharged, who were awaiting repatriation home. There were plenty of war surplus aircraft available and six crews eventually took part. However only two crews finished. The winning team …

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