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Kirk & Gill

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cliff brown

Could any of the site's aviation experts provide any details about the deaths of two officers? My interest is the Cambs Rgt and the following men died serving with RFC/RAF.

2nd Lt Percival Gordon Kirk, attached 55 Squadron RFC, KiA 13-8-17.

Capt Kenneth Carlyle Gill MC, attached 22 Squadron RAF, DoW 23-10-18.

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John_Hartley

Cliff

"The Sky Their Battlefield" has no listing for Gill, which suggests his injuries may not have been sustained in combat.

Kirk was the pilot of his DH4 (number A7475). His observer was Lt G T Young-Fullelove. On 13/8/17, the Squadron had left it's base at 6.42am to undertake a bombing mission on a rail junction at Deynze. On the return, they encountered enemy aircraft. The book notes the plane was seen to nose dive and that Young-Fullelove was seen to jump (he is recorded as Killed in action). Kirk was posted as missing.

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cliff brown

John,

Many thanks for your reply. I knew someone would have the answer.

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Dolphin

Cliff

Just to add to John's post, Capt Kirk and Lt George Young Fullalove (formerly Honourable Artillery Company) flying A7475, were credited with sending down an enemy aircraft out of control west of Roulers on 12 August 1917.

Capt K C Gill died of injuries sustained while flying Bristol F.2B C4888 on 22 October 1918. His observer was 2Lt J V Scorton, who was injured.

Cheers

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cliff brown

Thanks for the additional info & also about Gill. Much appreciated.

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