McClaughry is noticeably missing from your list of influential leaders. Hmm.
The AFC came into the war late, leaving aside 1AFC. The training its pilots recieved may have been available to blokes joining the RFC/RAF at that time too but there did not seem to be much of a rush to get the Australians to the front so up to 8 months training was possible. It seems to me that the success of the AFC can be down to a number of factors, including training, success being the ability to survive and to carry out assignments. As to why its units were more successful than other comparable RFC/RAF units, other than that the RFC/RAF blokes may have been rushed into squadrons during late 1917 where there did not seem to be the same hurry for the AFC blokes, I could only speculate and you may be right about cultural differences. I remain skeptical.
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