• Royal Flying Corps •

• Facts and Fiction •

Many myths have arisen over aspects of the First World War, and many aspects have been sparsely documented.

This is perhaps not surprising, given that the surviving documentation is substantially incomplete and full of errors. Even the official history of the War in the Air contains mistakes, one of which is repeated on the plaque commemorating the departure of the Expeditionary Force.

There was also a lack of precision in recording events in comparison to our modern data-centric world, and of course there was a war going on - they had more important things to consider.

Much of the underlying documentation relating to the Royal Flying Corps was not released until after the Second World War, when interest in the earlier campaign had been overshadowed by more recent events.

Added to this at least one 'memoir' of a Royal Flying Corps veteran is a complete fabrication.

The aim of this section therefore is to highlight some common misconceptions and provide articles on some overlooked aspects of First World War aviation.

The departure of the Expeditionary Force in August 1914.

The first aircraft to arrive in France.

Early B.E.2 and B.E.8 production list.

Early aircraft markings.

Operations in Egypt, Palestine, Africa, Mesopotamia and Salonika.