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R.A Strong RAF


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Can anyone tell me the circumstances of the death of Robert Abraham Strong 2nd Lt RAF, 273rd Sqn, who died on 1st December 1918.

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Mick

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Mick

Unfortunately, details of post-Armistice casualties are much more difficult to determine than those before 11 November. No 273 Sqn RAF was a Coastal Patrol unit commanded by Major A S Maskell, with detachments based at Covehithe, Westgate and Bacton equipped with DH 4s, DH 9s and Sopwith Camels (for escort duties), plus perhaps some BE 2cs. As far as I can determine, 2Lt Strong's death didn't involve a Camel, a DH 4 or a DH 9. Obviously, the influenza pandemic springs to mind as a possible cause.

Sorry I can't help more.

Gareth

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Unfortunately, details of post-Armistice casualties are much more difficult to determine than those before 11 November. No 273 Sqn RAF was a Coastal Patrol unit commanded by Major A S Maskell, with detachments based at Covehithe, Westgate and Bacton equipped with DH 4s, DH 9s and Sopwith Camels (for escort duties), plus perhaps some BE 2cs. As far as I can determine, 2Lt Strong's death didn't involve a Camel, a DH 4 or a DH 9. Obviously, the influenza pandemic springs to mind as a possible cause.

Sorry I can't help more.

Gareth

Thats ok Gareth.

My link to him is that he was buried in the churchyard where I was christened and i have only recently discovered where he lived, which by coincidence was abandoned when compulsory purchased for redevelopment in 1974, of course being 14 at the time i explored the house and picked up a few items including a leather flying helmet..... which (kick myself very hard), i donated to a ATC detachment last year not knowing its history.

Mick

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  • 11 years later...

Only an 11 year wait for this...

I am researching this man for a client and found notice of his death in the Chelmsford Chronicle of Friday 13 December 1918. He died of pneumonia.

All best, 

Jeremy

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