Talk:History of the Royal Australian Air Force

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Militia Unit[edit]

The second para commences with "The Australian Flying Corps (AFC) was formed within the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF),....". That is semantically incorrect. The formation was the Australian Imperial Force. Nobody knew then that there would be a second AIF.

It is also incorrect in that the CFS, a part of the AFC, was a Militia unit, not even regular Army prior to WWI. It wasn't until after the deployment to the ME that the AFC came under AIF control. It went to NG as Militia. I can't give you a ref for this yet, but if Chris Clark or another expert is watching, he/they should be able to.Lexysexy (talk) 00:09, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Further to the above, see the announcement ( in the West Australian, 8 Jul 1912 that aeroplanes had been ordered by the Minister for Defence, Mr (sic Senator) Pearce, for the Australian Flying Corps. The Sydney Morning Herald, on the same day had a lengthy report, including that volunteers for the new Corps would be drawn from the "militia establishment". A subsequent report in the SMH, 24 Oct 1912 (, states "The corps will form part of the citizen forces,........". By 26 Feb 1913, Petre had convinced Pearce that Duntroon (the Army's preferred site) would not be suitable for an aviation school (Melbourne Argus), and on 10 May 1913, it reported that Petre was inspecting level ground in the vicinity of Werribee and Altona. The Argus, the SMH and numerous other papers reported on 8 Jul 13 that "Altona Bay" had been chosen as the site. However, bureaucratic inertia, and indeed, bungling, meant that nothing was done to acquire the site, or build the necessary access road. A crated plane was shipped to Melbourne, and when the crate was opened (15 Sep1913) it was found that the wings had "rotted". By Monday 15 Dec, it was announced that the now-acquired land was to be brought into appropriate condition for "instructional and demonstration purposes." The SMH announced on 6 Jan 1914 that the earliest a flight would take place would be during February, and also that a surgical hospital was to be built at what was now known as Point Cook. Following a number of unofficial flights, the first "Official Flight" was made at Point Cook on Thursday 5 Mar 1914, Melbourne Leader ( Lexysexy (talk) 05:04, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
Further-further: By 17 Apr 1915, the SMH was reporting the 45 members of the AFC Half-Flight under AIF (although the Officers were inducted into the RFC) as "Training in Europe". The same article, in respect of German New Guinea, refers to: the "Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force" as a separate entity.Lexysexy (talk) 05:19, 17 February 2013 (UTC)