No. 6 Training Squadron, Australian Flying Corps

Commanding Officers
Decorations Nil
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
  • AWM4/8/9/1-8/9/22: War diary of 6 Training Squadron, AFC
Category Unit
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Unit hierarchy

By 1917 the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) consisted of four operational squadrons which outstripped the ability of the Army's Central Flying School at Point Cook to supply sufficient trained airmen. It was decided, therefore, to establish training squadrons within the AFC. Four such squadrons were established in the United Kingdom during 1917.

6 Squadron AFC was formed at Parkhouse on 15 June 1917. It was originally identified as 30 (Australian Training) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, but was renamed, along with all of the Australian squadrons, in January 1918. The squadron relocated to Shawbury on 16 June 1917, and then to Tern Hill on 29 June. On 26 February 1918 the squadron relocated to Minchinhampton where it remained until disbanded in March 1919.

The squadron's principal role was to prepare personnel for service with what was at first 68 (Australian) Squadron, RFC, and subsequently 2 Squadron, AFC, which was operating with British forces over the Western Front. The squadron operated a variety of aircraft types throughout its history and these are listed below.