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Welcome to the web site of The Great War Aviation Society!

The purpose of the society (previously known as Cross & Cockade International) is to provide quality detailed information on, and promote research into, all aspects of aviation up to the end of the First World War. We do this primarily through our quarterly journal (still called "Cross & Cockade") which is available by subscription, and by occasional seminars and informal local meetings. The Society has existed in its present form since 1970 and in various forms since 1960. 


AVAILABLE NOW "The De Havilland DH2 And The Men Who Flew Them". The latest volume in the Cross and Cockade Monograph Series focuses on the De Havilland DH2 Scout and describes in detail the efforts to perfect the design and the moving stories of the pilots and squadrons that flew the DH2 in battle. 

Visit our online bookshop to buy your copy https://bit.ly/3dYuZg7


On-Line Zoom Lecture Programme and AGM for 2023 

We are delighted to bring you a new programme of online talks for 2023. The lectures are held online via Zoom and are free of charge for all GWAS members and subscribers to Wind in the Wires. If you are a member or a Wind in the Wires subscriber, you will automatically receive an email with the details of how to register, unless you have opted out of these emails. If you are not a member or subscriber, you will need to join or subscribe  to Wind in the Wires to receive our event registration emails. 

Our next event is the Flying Boat War Over the Adriatic by Jon Guttman. This is the annual Leaman Lecture and will follow our AGM at 3.30 pm BST Saturday 22nd April. To register your place for this talk, please email membership.secretary@crossandcockade.com. 

If you would like to make a donation to help cover the costs of providing our lecture programme, please use PayPal or JustGiving.



2023 Subscriptions to the Society are now available - see Membership menu above. If you are not yet a member and wish to join and receive our quarterly journal, please subscribe using the link to the right or by using the "Membership" menu above. 2022 & 2021 memberships are still available.

digital pdf version of the Journal is now available. This is an alternative to the printed Journal, not a replacement. Subscription cost will be less for Members wanting the digital version only, and the content will be fully searchable online. You can request both versions. Members can see a sample PDF version in the Members' Area, above.


Issue 44 of our popular free email newsletter Wind in the Wires compiled by David Marks, went out in March, and contained all the latest events and news relating to our fascinating subject. Subscribe here to receive your issue.  We've now over 1,800 subscribers and rising - and it's free - so why not see what you're missing? PLEASE NOTE that if you think you've subscribed, but haven't received your issue, it may be in your spam folder. Previous issues can be found under "Useful stuff", below. 


Our quarterly journal is at the heart of the Society. Volume 54 Number 1 Spring 2023, is now available.

 Current Journal, Vol 54/1 Spring 2023:                   

 Articles in this issue:

Harry Symons, 65 Sqdn's first ace: Stewart Taylor

36 Squadron Revisited: Mick Davis

Reginald Binckes, 214 Sqdn RAF: David Hearn  

Royal Aircraft Factory BE2a No.50: Paul Hare

Wireless BE2as: Paul Hare

Modelling: Gold Award Halberstadt CL.II: Haris Ali. 

Gazetteer of British Flying Sites in France, Belgium and Germany, 1914-1920, Part 13: Peter Dye, Roger Austin, Mick Davis

.......And the Editorial by Mick Davis



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GWAS are supporting the production of a film about Lanoe Hawker VC by Indiegogo Films. See the trailer and crowd-funding appeal, at the link under the Latest News menu, below.


Our President Peter Dye has written an article on the Air War over the Southern Caucasus 1916-17 which can be read on this website - see under "Articles" at the bottom of this page.


Our 2023 Calendar is still available, with twelve paintings of Great War subjects by well-known artists - Click here to buy one. All profits go to support the British Air Services Memorial at St. Omer.



We have a large selection of mainly WW1 aviation-related books for sale, both our own publications and also many second-hand books. Please click on the Shop menu above.  

We have special offers of the books "Baptism of Fire - the Royal Flying Corps in France 1914-1915" by Alex Revell reduced from £23.95 to £14.95, and "BE2a: A Definitive History", reduced from £27 to £17 by Paul Hare and Andrew Willox. Go to the Shop menu above, then to "books/other books". 


 But unfortunately not EU residents:

We regret that as of 01-Jul-2021 the only order we can accept, for customers residing in the EU, is for membership of the society

From midnight on 30 June 2021 the EU abolished all the remaining VAT and Customs Duty reliefs applying to sales of goods (books, back issues, calendars etc) to customers residing in an EU member state.  It is not economic for us to register for VAT in member states and comply with their VAT laws and so we have decided reluctantly to cease to supply goods by post or download to any member or customer residing in an EU member state.  This does not apply to membership subscriptions!

If you live in an EU member state and have visited our website to purchase goods by post or download, please do not proceed any further because we will not be able to fulfil your order.


Air Britain have produced what must be the definitive book on the Bristol F2 Fighter. Experts at GWAS have had a major role in bringing it to publication.  Members are allowed a discount on all Air Britain publications, on providing their GWAS membership number. 


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