1 January 1916 – Bigger and Bigger

The RFC has continued to expand to meet the needs of the new armies primarily on the Western Front. At the beginning of 1915, the RFC consisted of 2559 personnel of whom 223 were officers. Now it has 16229 personnel including 1341 officers.

The RFC now has a total of 31 Squadrons, 18 of which are serving on the Western Front one in Egypt (30 Squadron), and one on its way to Africa (26 Squadron). The remainder are undergoing combat training.


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