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In June 1916, No. 1 Squadron Australian  Flying Corps consisting of 12 aircraft  began operations against the Ottoman  Empire and Senussi Arab forces in Egypt  and Palestine. They remained in the  Middle East until the end of the war flying  reconnaissance and close air support  operations. The squadron flew a large  array of aircraft. These included Maurice  Farmans , BE2a's , BE2c's , BE2e's ,  BE12's , RE 8's , Bristol Scouts , Vickers  Gunbuses , Bristol Fighters , SE5a's , a  Handley Page 0/100 and a captured  Albatros which was flown from time to time.   
AFC in the Middle East - Bristol Fighter F2b.
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In May 1918 R T “Dick” Challinor and his  pilot Fred Haige were captured following  a daring rescue attempt after landing  their Bristol Fighter “Magpie” alongside  another Bristol that had been forced  down with a damaged engine after a  dogfight with a German fighter. Haigh apparently had asked Challinor  whether they should attempt a rescue –  Challinor yelled “No, we’re sure to  crash”. With the engine roaring, Haigh  thought he said “Ok, let’s give it a  bash”!! They landed well, the other pilot  and observer held on to the wing struts, whilst taking off, they hit  some rocks and all 4 ended up  being captured by the Turkish  cavalry. Left: An early colorised photo of a   1st Squadron AFC Bristol Fighter. 
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