The Royal Flying Corps, which accompanied the
-the beginning of thc war, consisted~of foursquadrons and one Aircraft Park,
singlecommsnder and working directly under
The AircraftPark undertook the repair
aeroplanes and engines, and thesupply
issue of stores and spare parts.Tho squadrons consisted of
all the machines available
the time, and squadrons, andeven flights, were equipped with several different types
R.F.C. consisted at first solely
rcconnaissance, and aerial fighting only took place, and thatvery occasionally,
incident of reconnaissance work.
There was no idea of keeping machines, much less .flights,
the primary purpose
an automatic pistol, but
machine gun at.this time.
dctailed scheme for co-operation with artillery had beenworked out prcvious to the outbreak of war, but the systemwas in the
expcrimcntal stage, and very little artilleryobservation was done.Wireless had not been adapted toaerial
at this time, and observations were signalled bycolourcd lights, smoke bnrsbs,
in its infancy, and although
the German cntrenchments were taken
theAisne they wcre not regarded
of much interest.
non-existent, thoiighpilots occasionally threw out
few bombs in the coursc oftheir reconnaissance.
During the battleof the Aisne flights were attachedto. Corps, but were regarded
whehcc they were controlled.As soon
the opposing forcessettled down to trench
the organization under
commnnd.was found to be too centralized and squadron8 weredefinitely allotted to
On tho formation
Armies thesquadrons with each Corps belonging to