The outbreak of World War I found the British Army's Royal Flying Corps with just over fragile, unarmed reconnaissance aircraft, and a uniformed strength of just over 2, all ranks; the Royal Naval Air Service had some 50 seaplanes.
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By the Armistice of the unified Royal Air Force was the largest in the world, with about 22, aeroplanes and 27, men operating from some bases. A detailed and interesting study.
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Although it had been planned to continue the journey by ship, he made an impulsive decision to complete it by a direct flight from Bermuda to England, marking the first trans-Atlantic air crossing by a national leader. The school trained volunteers from the local territorial units using Luscombe seaplanes. The school trained eighty pilots before an excess of trained pilots led to its closure in The body administrating it was adapted to become a recruiting organisation the Bermuda Flying Committee for the Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF , sending sixty aircrew candidates, and twenty-two female candidates for ground-based roles, to that service before the War's end.
He played a decisive role in the Battle of Monte Cassino. Bermuda was a forming-up point, during the War, for convoys numbering hundreds of ships. Despite the importance of guarding against Axis submarines and surface raiders operating in the area, the RAF had not posted a Coastal Command detachment to maintain air cover.
This was a repair facility which had several aeroplanes on hand, but no aircrew.
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The RAF operated from its two facilities in Bermuda until the end of the War, when both Commands withdrew their detachments. Darrell's Island reverted to its pre-War role as a civil airport, until the replacement of flying boats as trans-Atlantic airliners by land-planes, like the Lancastrian , the Tudor , and DC4 , led to its closure in Mo Ware, was loaned to the civil government to oversee the conversion of the RAF's end of the military airfield into a Civil Air Terminal. Pre-fabricated buildings were relocated from Darrell's Island to assemble the first terminal.
Ware remained with the local government after leaving the RAF, becoming the Director of Civil Aviation for many years. Although no longer maintaining any detachment in Bermuda, the RAF has continued to use the Island as a trans-Atlantic staging post since the War.
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Whereas most foreign military aircraft passing through the Island had used the US military end of the airfield, the RAF had continued to disperse its aeroplanes at the former RAF end of the field. Large detachments of tactical aircraft, accompanied by larger refuelling, transport, and maritime patrol aeroplanes, regularly staged at the island on transits between the UK and the garrison at Belize , or bombing ranges on US bases.
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