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Henry Marinus Struben RFC/RAF


Alan Bentley
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Henry Struben was born in Cape Town in August 1898.

He qualified as an RFC pilot in January 1918 and was shot down in France later that year and was captured, and later was an exchange POW.

In June 1921 he was flying  Sopwith Snipes with 25 Squadron RAF at Hawkinge in Kent. On the 24th of June 1921 his aircraft E6156 crashed and he was killed.

A picture in my father's album shows the crash and also on the same page two pictures of a Snipe  E7562 and its pilot with two other RAF personnel.

Does this picture have any relevance to the story of F/O Struben?

Help please.

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Is he related to Robert Henry Struben?

George

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His father was Major Arthur Marinus Alexander Struben.

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Thanks Alan.

I can't find anything I'm afraid-but potentially if it is 1921 then it's outside the remit of this forum

Could you post the photographs?

George

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Thank you

George

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I see that you have Suffollk lnterests. My family .Peacock, farmed in Hundon and Clare in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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I know of those places but I'm North Suffolk

George

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Hi

Very interested to see your photograph of his crash as I have his Victory Medal in my collection.

You may find this link of interest :- Accident Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe E6156, 24 Jun 1921 (aviation-safety.net)

Plus this one of his grave :-  Flying Officer Henry Marinus “Harry” Struben (1898-1921) - Find a Grave Memorial

Steve

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