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_World War I Autographs_

Example pages of a “Museum Quality” autograph book, in excellent condition, that was kept by 3AFC RE8 pilot Malcolm SHEEHAN.


A beautiful sketch by Private Harold Peachy WOOD, groundcrew Engineer of "B Flight, 4AFC, made on the troopship "Omrah" travelling to Europe, 22 March 1917.

 


4AFC Officers on the voyage to Europe. 
Rupert Gill WILCOCKS.  (Injured in aero accident May 1918.  Returned to Australia and terminated from AFC June 1918.)
Malcom SHEEHAN.  (Later 3AFC.  Pallbearer at the Red Baron's funeral.  Served in WW2 RAAF.)
Nigel Borland LOVE.  (Later 3AFC.  Post-WW1 became a noted civil-aviation pioneer.  Founded Mascot Airport Sydney and established several aviation records.  Served in WW2 RAAF.)

 


"Others imitate THE Table."  4AFC Table-mates on the voyage from Australia to Europe. 
Thomas HEWSON.  (KIA 7/7/17 while obtaining combat-experience with RFC 45 Squadron);
Archie Francis "Gerald" STAFFORD.  (Shot down at Ypres July 1917, flying with 29 SQN RFC for frontline experience,
and seriously injured.  Medically evacuated to Australia July 1918.);
William Valentine HERBERT.  (Later 3AFC Pilot and Flight Commander, Air Force Cross.);
Percival Francis TURNER.  (Injured in flight-training accident.  Resigned from AIF November 1917.);
Percival Alexander McBAIN.  (Later Equipment Officer with 1AFC.  MiD and MBE.  Distinguished career with RAAF Stores post-WW1.)
Reginald George FRANCIS.  (Later 3AFC and awarded Distinguished Flying Cross.)

 


RFC Training School, Yatesbury Wiltshire, January 1918.
James Leybourne "Lee" SMITH.  (Later 3AFC.  Distinguished Flying Cross.  Wounded in action.  Served in RAAF WW2.)
George William BEST.  (Later 3AFC.  Killed in action taking off on a combat mission, Somme Valley, 12 April 1918.)
(Illegible signature in middle of page?)
William Edwin SANSOM.  (Later of 7AFC training squadron.  Later New Guinea  District Officer.  Served in WW2 RAAF.)
Albert Edward BAILEY.  (Later of 7AFC training squadron.)

 


Illustration by RAF Lt. F. Ray, who was travelling to Australia on troopship RMS Norman in 1919, as an "Imperial Detail".

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