ID numberRCDIG1069925
TitleVolume VIII – The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War, 1914–1918 (11th edition, 1941)
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Record typeVolume
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Object typeBook
MakerCutlack, Frederic Morley

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 Empire’s 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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PDF 1019.6 KB Preface, Contents, List of illustrations, List of maps, List of sketch maps, and Introduction – The Flying Arm in War (pages i-xxix)
PDF 633.95 KB Chapter I – Mesopotamia – The First Australian Airmen on Service (pages 1-13)
PDF 703.27 KB Mesopotamia – The End of the First Campaign (pages 14-28)
PDF 735.28 KB The Middle East – Advent of No. 1 Squadron (pages 29-42)
PDF 611.13 KB Air Fighting in the Desert (pages 43-55)
PDF 597.54 KB Increasing Importance of Air Warfare (pages 56-68)
PDF 639.86 KB The Victory of Gaza (pages 69-81)
PDF 517.83 KB The Turkish Retreat to Nablus (pages 82-91)
PDF 581.01 KB Beginning of the Air Offensive (pages 92-104)
PDF 809 KB The Raids Across the Jordan (pages 105-120)
PDF 660.26 KB Growing British Supremacy in the Air (pages 121-132)
PDF 879.1 KB The Enemy Driven from the Sky (pages 133-150)
PDF 1.09 MB The Battle of Armageddon (pages 151-171)
PDF 542.41 KB Australian Airmen in France (pages 172-182)
PDF 684.45 KB Cambrai and Gouzeaucourt (pages 183-197)
PDF 750.29 KB Winter Work over Messines Ridge (pages 198-212)
PDF 706.36 KB Spring Fights North of the Scarpe (pages 213-227)
PDF 943.65 KB Meeting the German Offensive (pages 228-246)
PDF 619.12 KB Early Circus Fights with No. 2 Squadron (pages 247-259)
PDF 798.77 KB No. 3 Squadron’s Operations over the Somme (pages 260-275)
PDF 716.8 KB Exploits of No. 4 Squadron over the Lys (pages 276-290)
PDF 674.67 KB Harassing the Enemy on the Lys (pages 291-304)
PDF 682.71 KB The British Offensive on the Somme (pages 305-318)
PDF 837.26 KB The Battles in the Hindenburg Line (pages 319-336)
PDF 690.4 KB The Lille Air Raids (pages 337-351)
PDF 830.92 KB Fights of the Sweep Formations (pages 352-369)
PDF 794.36 KB The Last Great Air Battles (pages 370-385)
PDF 478.6 KB Flights Home to Australia (pages 386-396)
PDF 1.41 MB Appendix 1 – Types of Fighting Aeroplanes (pages 397-420)
PDF 252.23 KB Appendix 2 – Correspondence Relating to Formation of AFC (pages 421-425)
PDF 32.45 KB Appendix 3 – War Flying Instruction in Australia (pages 426-426)
PDF 178.75 KB Appendix 4 – Aircraft Wireless (pages 427-429)
PDF 185.23 KB Appendix 5 – AFC Training in England (pages 430-433)
PDF 180.72 KB Appendix 6 – Organisation of RAF in France (pages 434-436)
PDF 129.86 KB Appendix 7 – Aeroplane Counter–attacks on the German Army, March 1918 (pages 437-439)
PDF 124.04 KB Appendix 8 – Aerodrome Work in the Squadron (pages 440-442)
PDF 97.18 KB Appendix 9 – Use of Incendiary Bullets (pages 443-444)
PDF 343.5 KB Glossary (pages 445-452)
PDF 1.98 MB Index (pages 453-494)