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and of course, come 1942...At the beginning of the Second World War, Royal Artillery officers, with the assistance of RAF technicians, flew Auster observation aircraft under RAF-owned Air Observation Post (AOP) Squadrons. Twelve such squadrons were raised—three of which belonged to the RCAF — and each performed vital duties in a wide array of missions in many theatres.
Early in the war, Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announced the establishment of a new branch of army aviation, the Army Air Corps, formed in 1942. The corps initially comprised the Glider Pilot Regiment and the Parachute Battalions (subsequently the Parachute Regiment), and the Air Observation Post Squadrons. In 1944, the re-formed SAS Regiment was added to the Corps.
"Slattery's Mounted Foot" ???1915 all 40 men were on horseback.
1916 the force changed name!.
1917 about half the force was (400) dismounted and changed name again!.
Not RCAF, more like RAFL (I)!
1915 - Major J I Eadie, Special service officer in the Muntafiq Division in Mesopotamia, recruited forty mounted Arabs from the tribes round Nasiriyeh, for duty under the Intelligence Department as bodyguard for political officers in southern and central Iraq. The force was named Arab Scouts.
1916 - ...renamed the Nasariyeh Mounted Guard.
1919 - The Force became known as the Militia. The Lee Enfield 303 short magazine was issued as standard rifle.
July - the name was changed again to Levies
etc. etc. etc.1921- The Cairo conference was held, the future of the force was decided. Orders were issued as follows; "The function of the Iraq Levies is to relieve British and Indian troops in Iraq and Kurdistan. The Iraq Army was to be formed and the Arab Levies were required to join it. Assyrians are to be recruited".