|BCA012||Cover commemorating the 100th Anniversary of The Royal Flying Corps||£13.95||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 13/05/2012
Issue Name: The Royal Flying Corps commemorative cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Our cover commemorates the centenary of the formation of The Royal Flying Corps. It features a stamp and label from our sheet and is postmarked on 13th May 2012. It also features a two pence stamp and cachet.
This year commemorates the 100th Anniversary of The Royal Flying Corps.Our beautiful cover features a stamp and label from our Royal Flying Corps mint sheet Features a beautiful illustration of The Royal Flying Corps Has a two pence stamp and cachet Cancelled with a Hampshire postmark (13th May, 2012)
The Royal Flying Corps was officially formed on May 13th 1912 as part of the British Army. During World War One, the Royal Flying Corps became the eyes of the army, directing artillery gunfire, taking photographs for intelligence and taking part in dogfights with the German Air Service.
Its first commander was Brigadier-General Sir David Henderson and it was split into two parts, Military Wing commanded by Major Sykes and the Naval Wing commanded by Commander Samson. By 1914, the Naval Wing became part of the Navy as the Royal Naval Air Service.
Flying was still very much in its infancy. The first powered flight by the Wright Brothers was in 1903. The first aeroplanes used by the RFC were crude and balloons were used for much of the work. Aeroplanes such as the Airco DH2 were airworthy but not really capable of engaging in classic aerial combat so, in the early stages of the war, engagement with the enemy was more by accident than design. This changed when Hugh Trenchard was put in charge of the RFC. He required the pilots to be far more aggressive in their approach but it was costly in terms of men and aeroplanes lost.
The RFC first went into action on August 19th 1914, six days after leaving the UK for its base in France. The pilots flew from Dover to Boulogne and then along the coast to the mouth of the River Somme. They followed the river inland to Amiens. Poor weather was a cause of many flights being cancelled. The RFC did play an important part in the First Battle of the Marne. While the RFC’s aeroplanes were not exactly combat-worthy, they could act as the forward eyes of the Army. It was information from RFC pilots that told the generals on the ground that the German First Army was preparing to attack an exposed French position. Such information allowed the French to re-deploy its men so that they could successfully counter the German First Army. The importance of what the RFC had done was recognised by the commander of the BEF – Sir John French – who issued the following dispatch:
“I wish particularly to bring to your Lordships’ notice the admirable work done by the RFC. Their skill, energy, and perseverance have been beyond all praise.”The Royal Flying Corps mint sheet
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