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Inducted in 2023

John McIntosh AFC

1892 - 1921

John McIntosh AFC was a British-born Australian aviator, having been born in Scotland in 1892, later
emigrating to Western Australia. 

At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, John enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Corps, serving with the 4th Field Ambulance in Gallipoli, reaching the rank of Corporal.

 In 1918, John transferred to the Australian Flying Corps and commenced flying training in England. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1919 and promoted to Lieutenant.

After the end of the First World War, the Australian government offered a prize of £10,000 for
the first flight from England to Australia. John joined Ray Parer and although leaving well after the
event had been won, they arrived in Darwin on 2 August 1920.

Their aircraft was an Airco DH-9 , G-EAQM (known as ‘PD’), and theirs was the only other entrant to successfully complete the race.

He and Ray Parer were awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) for this feat on 23 November 1920, as well as
£500 each.

In 1921, John McIntosh was killed in an aircraft accident crash near Pithara in Western Australia. It
was the first ever fatal aircraft accident crash in that State.

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