964 bears sponsored to 640 primary schools by 537 sponsors... Thank You Bridgen Family For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Yass Public School - YASS Tweed Valley-Murwillumbah Sub Branch NSAA NSW - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Deb and Sue, family friends of the Ford-Lillie’s For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to Claremont Meadows Public School - CLAREMONT MEADOWS Thank You Margaret River Independent School: For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Margaret River Independent School - FOREST GROVE Thank You HOOPER Family For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Lake Gwelup Primary School - GWELUP Thank You GRAN Douglas For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to St Margaret's Anglican Girls School - ASCOT Thank You ASC Pty. Ltd. For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Spearwood Primary School - SPEARWOOD Thank You Butchers Creek P & C For Donating John Murray - Wounded Bear to Butchers Creek State School - BUTCHERS CREEK Thank You Andrew and Tessa Lefel For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to St Eugene College - BURPENGARY Thank You Wayne and Susan Collins For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to York District High School - YORK Thank You Two Wells RSL Sub-Branch Inc For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Two Wells Primary School - TWO WELLS

Thomas Hendy – Flying Corps Bear

$99.00

The first ever Australia in the Great War Australian Flying Corps Bear is ready for take-off. Lieutenant Thomas Hendy celebrates the early days of Australian military aviation. Australia was the only dominion of the British Empire to establish its own flying corps for service in the Great War and some 460 officers and 2,234 other ranks served in the Middle East, over the Western Front, and in training schools in England. All pilots of the A.F.C. were officers of the Australian Imperial Force. His uniform reflects the full-length leather 'Maternity Pattern' flying jacket and leather flight helmet worn to provide warmth during flights in open cockpit aeroplanes. The large angled external pocket on the left-breast provided quick access to maps.

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