Royal Air Force

On 1 April 1918, the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service finally came together as the new Royal Air Force was born. For most of the British flight crews serving in France, the inception of the ‘Third Service’ was hardly noticed – they were far too busy fighting- but it was the beginning of a new chapter in British military aviation built on the shoulders of those that had served the Army and Naval air services so well during their darkest days.