Moonraker Posted 23 January , 2013 Share Posted 23 January , 2013 These two fine-looking men feature in a postcard captioned in ink "Taken just after Capt Downers funeral parade. Killed in an aeroplane accident at Uphaven. Salisbury Plain March 1914". They probably would have come from Bulford or Tidworth barracks to form a guard of honour. There were frequent accidents to pilots flying from CFS Upavon at this time. Captain C P Downer allegedly pulled out too quickly after a steep dive, tearing off his B.E.2's wings, though John W R Taylor in C.F.S. Birthplace of Air Power suggests that the elevators had jammed down. Interesting that the annotation refers to "Uphaven" - perhaps a reflection on the way (I understand) that haitches were sometimes dropped a century ago, with the writer assuming that "Upavon" had one. Moonraker Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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