SGT. JOSEPH ALBERT HARDING R.F.C.

SGT. JOSEPH ALBERT HARDING R.F.C.

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14/15 Star – 2.A.M /War & Victory Medals – SGT R.F.C.
No.1671 /enlisted 9.9.14 by 1.12.15 was promoted to Sergeant.
France 3.5.15 with No.1 Sqdn. R.F.C.
Returned to UK 1916 due to his skills as a Trade fitter and turner.
Seconded to A.B.C.Engineering which was a subsidiary of Sopwiths.. to work on the Aircraft Engines.
Subsequently embodied into the R.A.F. on its formation.
Photographs / 2 with No.1 Sqdrn R.F.C.Discharged 13/3/19/
Copy paperwork discharge etc.RFC Badge.Photograph.
First World War
No.1 Squad. R.F.C.
Its first large operation was the Battle of Arras in 1917, during which the squadron scorecard reached 200 enemy aircraft. In January 1918 the Squadron was re-equipped with SE5As and engaged in low level attacks on advancing German forces. With this enemy offensive repulsed, No 1(Fighter) Squadron turned its attention increasingly toward flying bomber escorts as the Allied bomber offensive was launched.
Returning to the UK in March 1919, the Squadron disbanded in the following January
ABC Engineering..
ABC had always had a close association with the Sopwith aircraft company. They were both at Brooklands and in 1912 a Sopwith with an ABC engine flown by Harry Hawker had won the Michelin Endurance Prize.

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