[WWI] Army & RFC connection
dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar
Tue Aug 23 16:01:18 EDT 2011
> Was there army units that were involved in aerial work during the first
> world war, or would all air fighting be solely the domain of the RFC (or
> RNAS)? Would army personnel be 'loaned' to the RFC?
There is an interesting book about the RFC formation in the 1910s, and
how it evolved from a subsidiary service to the Balloon Corps to a
full fledged force in 1918. I'll send you the title later today when I
Anyway, he can have served in a wide variety of roles, from being an
instructor to some specialist trade, even as a memeber of the
transportation crews or the personnel that carried all the
administrative and/or other airfield duties.
Did he had any special skill or trade? Was he in charge of some office
during his other assignments? Did he had training as signalman,
dispatch rider or telephone technician? Sometimes these services were
"loaned" from other units and people temporarily allocated to certain
duties. However it seems like he had enough time in the Air Service to
have its insignia sewn on the uniform, even when he did not wear the
usual "maternity jacket" for NCOs in this picture. Have you checked
how and why he got those medals? Maybe there's a clue there.
BTW he had a wonderful, epic moustache.
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