Volume VIII - The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War, 1914-1918 (11th edition, 1941

Collection ID RCDIG1069925
Parent Collection ID RCDIG1069749
Collection type Digitised Collection
Title Volume VIII - The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War, 1914-1918 (11th edition, 1941
Object type Book
Maker Cutlack, Frederic Morley
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This volume by F.M. Cutlack covers in great detail the first air operations in war undertaken by Australia. These first operations were carried out by the famous Half Flight of the Australian Flying Corps which was despatched to disease-ridden Mesopotamia in 1915 to provide air services for the Anglo-Indian Army. This army was attempting to drive out the Turks and thus protect the Empires oil resources.The next phase came in early 1916, with the formation of No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, and its despatch to Egypt where it took part in operations in the Sinai desert and then Palestine. Cutlack places in perspective the role played by the young Australian aviators in helping to win air supremacy against the German Air Force. After that vicotry, the Australian pilots had a devastating effect in the ground attack role, particularly in the final offensive against the Turkish armies in 1918.Finally, Cutlack describes the achievements of squadrons 2, 3, and 4, which arrived in France at a late, crucial stage of the war. After the briefest introduction to an entirely new way of fighting, they were sent into the thick of the aerial battle, remaining on operations until the war ended.
Introduction by George Odgers, to the University of Queensland Press edition.

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