989 bears sponsored to 655 primary schools by 550 sponsors... Thank You Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Dungay Public School - MURWILLUMBAH Michael Boyd - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Kaija & Alija Parums For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to Newport Public School - NEWPORT Thank You Aiden Davie For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to Canberra Grammar School - RED HILL Thank You Medibank For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Black Mountain School - O'Connor Thank You Brian and Margaret Johnston For Donating Earnest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Corpus Christi Primary School - CRANEBROOK Thank You Jessica, Lewis, Lionel & Thomas Palling For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Glengarry Primary School - GLENGARRY Thank You Aiden Davie For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Canberra Grammar School - RED HILL Thank You Sharon, Bethany & Elijah Doran For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to St Pius' Catholic Primary School Thank You Mother Teresa Defence Community For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Mother Teresa Catholic College - BALDIVIS Thank You Herbert River Sub Branch RSL For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Forrest Beach State School - ALLINGHAM

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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