Medallion – Australian Flying Corps
Not being an expert, these medallions were hard to photograph. Available individually, there are six to collect. Also available as a boxed set of six elsewhere in this war memorabilia section of the website. Look to the picture on the left of each medallion. This is the image that is engraved on the medallion. Each medallion comes beautifully gift boxed and includes a limited edition certificate/information card and a vial of sand from the Gallipoli beaches. A collectable for future generations.
Australia was the only dominion of the British Empire to establish its own flying corps for service in the Great War. Pilots trained at the Central Flying School at Cook Point in Victoria which started in 1914 with just two flying instructors and flimsy training aircraft. By March 1916 the A.F.O. were the first complete fyling unit. No.1. Squadron left Australia for the Middle East and by June was flying missions with the British Royal Flying Corps over the Sinai Desert in search of Turkish forces and across Egypt’s western desert to monitor activity by the rebellious Senussi. The squadron was renamed 67 Australian Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and while its initial role was aerial reconnaissance, aircraft and crew were also involved in attacks against Turkish ground forces.
During the battles of Fromelles and Pozieres on the Western Front, Australia suffered losses far greater than at Gallipoli, and in the desert at Romani the Australian Light Horse played a decisive part in the battle that finally put a stop to the Turkish threat to the Suez Canal and marked the beginning of the British forces’ push out of Egypt and into Palestine.