High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Henry Aloysius Petre
DSO, MC (12June 1884 - 24April 1962) was an English solicitor who
became Australia's first military aviator, and a founding member of
the Australian Flying Corps, predecessor of the Royal Australian
Air Force. Born in Essex, he forsook his early legal career to
pursue an interest in aviation, answering the Australian Defence
Department's call for pilots in 1911. He chose the site of the
country's first air base at Point Cook, Victoria in 1913, and
established its inaugural air training facility, the Central Flying
School, with Eric Harrison. Following the outbreak of World War I,
Petre was appointed commander of the Mesopotamian Half Flight, the
first unit of the newly formed AFC to see active service. His
actions in the Middle East earned him the Distinguished Service
Order, the Military Cross, and four Mentions in Despatches.
Transferring to the Royal Air Force as a Major in 1918, he retired
from the military the next year and resumed his civilian practice
in law. He continued to fly recreationally before his death in
1962, aged seventy-seven.
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