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Military Aviation in Ireland, 1921-45

"Military Aviation in Ireland" charts the history of the Air Corps from its early days as the Military Air Service established by Michael Collins in 1922 to the ineffective air operations conducted during the Second World War period. The Air Service came about when the Civil War caused the postponement of Michael Collins’ plans for a civil air service. After participation in the war of 1922-3 a small Air Corps was confirmed as the token air element of a substantially infantry army. The Army Air Corps survived the 1920s and 1930s, despite the absence of government defence policy and the Army leadership’s great indifference to military aviation. In the Second World War period, two squadrons of the Air Corps were given air force tasks for which they had little aptitude and for which they were totally unprepared in terms of personnel, airmanship, aircraft and training, failures which led directly to the demoralization of the Corps. During most of this period the Air Corps, on secretive government orders, carried out tasks aimed at assisting the war effort of the Royal Air Force. Using extensive archival research, Michael C.O’Malley throws new light on the people and operations of Ireland’s early aviation history.

374 pages

History: British and Irish History

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Table of Contents

Introduction ONE - Early aviation in Ireland TWO - Civil aviation developments in Saorstat Eireann THREE - Michael Collins, the Military Air Service and the Civil War FOUR - From Civil War to Army mutiny FIVE - Organisation, policy and command, 1924-36 SIX - Pilot intake, 1922-45 SEVEN - Aviation policy and planning, 1935-40 EIGHT - Support services NINE - The Air Corps’ Emergency TEN - Services rendered ELEVEN - The Air Corps investigation of 1941 TWELVE - Re-equipping, reorganisation and demobilisation Appendix I - Summary of expenses - Capt. C. F. Russell Appendix II - Telegram received in the Irish Office Appendix III - Statement of expenditure - Maj. Gen. McSweeney Appendix IV - Department of Civil Aviation - 20 July 1922 Appendix V - Department of Military Aviation - 22 July 1922 Appendix VI - Aviation department of the Army - 18 October 1922 Appendix VII - Col. P. A. Mulcahy’ pre-invasion address - 4 July 1940 Appendix VIII - Col. P. A. Mulcahy - Flying training Appendix IX - Damage to army aircraft Appendix X - Majority report on Col. P. A. Mulcahy Appendix XI - Minority report on Col. P.A. Mulcahy Notes Bibliography Index.

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