IN THE EARLY HOURS OF 19 SEPTEMBER 1918, THE RAF LAUNCHED THE OPENING MOVES OF THE BATTLE OF MEGIDDO. IN THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED, AIR POWER INFLUENCED THE GROUND OFFENSIVE IN A GREATER WAY THAN PERHAPS ANY OTHER FIRST WORLD WAR BATTLE. STUART HADAWAY EXPLORES THE RAF’S DESTRUCTION OF AN ENTIRE ARMY.
THE GREAT WAR | AIR POWER OVER MEGIDDO
For the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and, later, the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Palestine, the war had taken a very different arc to that of their colleagues on the Western Front. But after being unopposed over the Sinai Desert from November 1914 until April 1916, the arrival of a single German unit, Fliegerabteilung 300 (FA300), changed the situation radically.