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Identification please? Crash Poelkapelle 5 may 1917?

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nilis11

I spotted this postcard on the web. Can someone help identifying this airplane and crew. It says 5 V 1917 Poelkapelle.  

 Thanks

 

Nilis  

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pete-c
37 minutes ago, nilis11 said:

I spotted this postcard on the web. Can someone help identifying this airplane and crew. It says 5 V 1917 Poelkapelle.  

 Thanks

 

Nilis  

poelkapelle.jpg

peolkapelle.jpg

 

Possibly an FE2?  The Sky Their Battlefield for May 5th 1917 shows two FE 2d's lost on this date.  A1942 and A5147 both of 20 Sqn.   Any chance of better shot of the serial Nilis?

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alex revell

From that great work The Sky Their Battlefield by Trevor Henshaw, it Looks like an FE2d A1942 from 20 Sqdn. I wont give full details, as given by Trevor, to encourage people to buy this superb book. But thanks for posting the photo 

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Cnock

same FE2 A1942

 

regards,

 

Cnock

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nilis11

Great photograph. Is that a pilot on the right?

 

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Testerchild2

Probably 20 Sqn's 'A1942' flown by 2/Lt Bacon with A/M Worthing shot down by Walter Gottsch of Jasta 18.  Bacon survived with an amputated arm, but Worthing was killed. My recent book 'Winged Sabres', a history of 20 Squadron in WW1, describes the fight in more detail. The second FE2 got back across the lines to safety despite catching fire.

Hope that helps.

Bob

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josquin

More about the aircrew:  the pilot, 2nd Lieut. Leonard Guy Bacon, was a Staff Serjeant with the 4th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment prior

to his appointment as a Temporary 2nd Lieut in the R.F.C. on 8 August 1916.  Appointed a Flying Officer on 8 February 1917, he survived his

captivity and was repatriated.  He was born in 1890, at Camberwell, London, lived there in the prewar years, and died at Croydon, Surrey,

in 1965. The observer,  Air Mechanic-2nd Class Gerald Worthing was born in 1891, at Preston Wynne, Herefordshire.  His family relocated to Monmouthshire, Wales, where he was employed as a collier, and his residence in 1911 was Abersychan, Monmouthshire.  He enlisted in the Monmouthshire Regiment in 1914, as Private (#147), and subsequently joined the Royal Flying Corps as an Air Mechanic (#78285).

 

Josquin

 

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