Reason the RAF was formed?

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  1. Alright folks been just having a butchers through military history, and was wondering why the RAF was actually formed when it was formed by royal flying corps and royal navy air service who already capable of aerial warfare.
  2. April fools joke.
  3. The RAF was founded on 1 April 1918 by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service and was controlled by the British Government Air Ministry which had been established three months earlier. The Royal Flying Corps had been born out of the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers and was under the control of the British Army. The Royal Naval Air Service was its naval equivalent and was controlled by the Admiralty. The decision to merge the two services and create an independent air force was a response to the events of World War I, the first war in which air power made a significant impact
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  4. Linked to the invention of nylon and need to boost sales of brylcreem?
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  5. The RN and Army decided that they couldn't put up with the up diddly up twats anymore and petitioned parliament to create a comedy organisation where they could put them thus saving the good names of the RN and Army and creating an object of ridicule for the world at large.
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  6. Because someone somewhere put forward the idea that an independant air arm would be a good idea, as it would stop the Army and the Navy squabbling over who should operate what and where, which was somehow vindicated by using these assets to subjugate restless natives in far-off lands.

    Worked out well, didn't it?
  7. To p1ss off brown jobs and fish heads?
    And to give the likes of me an easy life.
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  8. So they could free up space in Buckingham Palace by issuing Everyman a DFC/MBE if they sacrifice their Wednesday 'Sports' afternoon, or ate Kellogs for breakfast.
  9. My great-grandfather was in 4 Sqn, and one of the first pilots across the channel in 1914. He commanded a squadron at the Somme, and then a wing in Italy. He retired an AVM in 1936. He was MC, CB, hard as nails and a complete bounder.
  10. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    The RAF were 'formed' - hmmmm, I thought they just sort of drifted together as a bunch of mates! :jocolor:
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  11. Ww1 had a lot of prima Donna corps trying to build a corps empire (shockingly sigs didn't manage this till 1920).

    I suspect the answer was to make the air service more efficient and the army and navy couldn't agree which service the corps should sit
  12. But it all came back to the jolly old Sappers with their balloons which were the forerunners of the Royal Flying Corps.
    A formal approach to military aviation began in 1911 with the formation of an Air Battalion within the Royal Engineers with Headquarters at South Farnborough. Progress by other European Powers in developing their aviation services dictated that still further organisational changes were needed and, on 13th May 1912, the Royal Flying Corps was formed. This absorbed the air role of the Royal Engineers and was initially comprised of five sections – Military and Naval Wings, a Reserve, a Central Flying School at Upavon and the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough.
    And wasn't it Lord Trenchard (an ex Royal Scots Fusilier) who was to be the first big Cheese of the RAF.
  13. If you want a serious answer, then it is The Smuts Report, following the perceived failure of the RNAS and RFC to stop the Zeppelin and Gotha raids on the UK mainland. Note "perceived" - the raids may not have been stopped, but an increasingly high price was being extracted by the defences against the raiders. But, in best political fashion, something had to be done! And those airheads pushing for an Independent Air Force found it a useful vehicle for making their case.

    If you want to be slightly more cynical or less serious, you could also argue that it was that wily old bugger of a Boer Smuts seizing an opportunity to get his own back on HM Armed Forces by imposing on them an unwanted bastard love-child...
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  14. My Grandfather was in the RNAS flying DH9s in the Aegean (DFC in 1918). Mad as a march hare and as hard as nails.
  15. Post WW1, and the huge demobilisation effort from all Services and their arch-enemy, the Civil Service, there was great concern in the upper echelons of Government over the huge amount of inflated egos about to be unleashed on the civilan population. An emergency committee was rapidly convened, and the decision made to concentrate this well-meaning, but dangerous and ineffective cohort, into a single entity, under military command, in order to regain at least some influence and control over it.

    The rest, as they say, is history.
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