For Valour

Graham Pitchfork reflects on the courageous actions of Great War pilot Frank McNamara

A country town schoolteacher from Victoria in Australia, Frank McNamara started his military career in 1912. He was commissioned into the Brighton Rifles of Australia’s 46th Infantry Battalion a year later. In July 1915 he joined the third course to train as a pilot at Point Cook, near Melbourne, gaining his Royal Aero Club certificate on October 20, 1915. He was posted as the adjutant of 1 Squadron, Australia Flying Corps.

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