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Flt. Commander Francis D Casey RNAS


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Flight Commander Francis Dominick Casey DSC

3rd Squadron Royal Naval Air Service

Age 25 Died 10- 8-1917

Son of Maurice J and Agnes M Casey. Spring Garden, Clonmel Co Tipperary.

Adinkerke Military Cemetary ( 20k west of Dunkirk )

I belive Francis was a mariner before joining the RNAS and what information I have about him comes from the London Gazette.

LG 4 -8 -1916 The undermentioned temp.proby. Flight Sub- Lieuts have been confirmed as temp Flight Sub-Lieuts. Francis D Casey 28- 5-1916.

LG Mentioned in Dispatches 11- 5-1917 Flt-Sub-Lieut Francis Domie Casey RNAS

LG 22- 6-1917 Distinguished Service Order. For conspicuous bravery and skill in attacking hostile aircraft on numerous occasions. On 21-4-1917 he attacked a hostile two-seater machine at a range varying from 40 to 100 yards and brought it down completely out of control. On 23- 4-1917 on four different occasions during one flight, he attacked hostile machines, one of which was driven down in a spinning nose dive and another turning over on its side went down completly out of control. This officer has driven down four machines completely out of control and forced many others down.

I cannot find Francis down as a combat death in Trevors TSTB, could somebody fill me in on the circumstances of his death.

Would anybody have more information on the events of 21st and 23rd of April 1917, or anymore of his service history. I know from TSTB that on the 21st , 23 Squadron was escorting six FE2bs on a evening bombing raid when fighting took place. Six Pups of 3 ( Naval ) Squadron were also involved. On the 23rd FE2bs of 18 Squadron and their Pup escort from 3 ( Naval ) Squadron were attacked by two formations of Albatros and Halberstadt scouts.

Francis Caseys brother Arthur Casey was also a mariner and may also have joined the RNAS, if anybody has any information about him I would welcome it also.

Many Thanks.

Mick

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CASEY, FRANCIS DOMINICK. Rank: Flight Commander. Regiment or Service: Royal Naval Air Service. Unit; 3rd Sqdn. Age at Death: 25. Date of Death: 10-08-1917. Supplementary information; Son of Maurice J. and Agnes M. Casey, of Spring Garden, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Awards: D S C. Killed on a test flight. Citation from the London Gazette Suppliment 22-6-17;

"Flt. Lieut. Francis Dominic Casey, R. N. A. S.

For conspicuous bravery and skill in attacking hostile aircraft on numerous occasions. On April 21st, 1917, he attacked a hostile two-seater machine at a range varying from 40 to 100 yards, and brought it down completely out of control. On April 23rd, 1917, on four different occasions during one flight, he attacked hostile machines, one of which was driven down in a spinning nose dive and another turning over on its side went down completely out of control. This Officer has driven down four machines completely out of control, and forced many others down. " Both Francis Casey and his brother (who also joined up) gained Distinguished Service Orders. Grave or Memorial Reference: G. 2. Cemetery: ADINKERKE MILITARY CEMETERY. Belgium.

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From "RN Aircraft Serials and Units" (Sturtivant) - Sopwith F.1 Camel Scout Serial B.3803 crashed near aerodrome on test flight, wrecked 10.8.17. F/Cdr FD Casey DSC Died of Injuries.

No Arthur Casey is recorded as a officer of the RNAS.

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He is listed September 1915 Navy List as:-

Tempy Sub-Lt. Francis Dominie Casey RNR, seniority 15.5.15, PRESIDENT for Air Service.

No.1 Naval Aeroplane Squadron [Foreign Service], as an Observer. The spelling of his middle name in this list is as I have typed.

The November 1916 Navy List has:-

Flt. Sub-Lt. F.D. Casey RNAS, seniority 28.5.16, No.1 Wing.

David.

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Sturtivant has Casey airborne in Sopwith Pup Serial N.6182 on 21 April 1917 and lists: "Albatros D.III out-of-control NE of Pronville 1500 and Albatros D.III out-of-control Villers-lez-Cagnicourt 1840."

Sturtivant has Casey airborne in the same aircraft on 23 April 1917 and lists: "Albatros D.III out-of-control Saudemont 1715-1830 and Albatros C out-of-control Pronville 1840." Casey was recognised as an RNAS 'Ace' (under the 5 victories convention) with a total of 9 victories to his name before he was tragically kiilled in the flying accident.

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Mick

Nice work on tracking down Francis Dominic Casey's biographical details and a good photo from Tom.

You did not mention Flt. Cdr. Casey's birthplace. His RNAS officer's service record states he was born 3 August 1892, at Mitchelstown, County Cork.

His baptismal certificate, available online at Irish Family History Foundation, confirms that he was born in County Cork, in 1892. The family resided

later at Clonmel, Tipperary; his parents are at Clonmel in the 1911 Irish Census. The service record reference at the National Archives is:

Sub Lieutenant Francis Dominic Casey Number 507

ADM 340/25

Trelawney

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