The Ebb of Maritime Aviation, 19 19 -29
D u r in g the months immediately following the Armistice, the Royal Air Force faced and successfully fought claims from various Service and political quarters that the R A F was a wartime expediency which would inevitably be reabsorbed by the traditional Services. In the plans for a post-war air force prepared by the Secretary of State for the Royal Air Force,1 there was a definite place for maritime aviation, much to the relief of its advocates, most of whom believed that this function would be handed back to the Admiralty as soon as the war ended. This was a reasonable assumption given the apparent indifference with which the Air Ministry regarded the anti-submarine campaign and attacks on surface shipping carried out during the last six months of the war. The Admiralty, for its part, regarded the Secretary of State’s paper favourably. Nor was there any opposition forthcoming from the War Office. So, there was hope for a future of harmonious inter-Service relations.