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Matt Dixon

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I am trying to research 2nd Lt Oswald Nixon, RFC, who is buried at Beauvais cemetery.

Was Beauvais a big RFC site, if not why is he there?

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Second Lieutenant Oswald Nixon of No 70 Sqn RFC (formerly the Essex Regiment) was killed in action over Cambrai on 17 September 1916 when flying Sopwith 1½ Strutter A1913. His observer, 2Lt R Wood, was taken Prisoner of War and repatriated through the Netherlands on 9 April 1918. The victory over Nixon and Wood was credited to Leutnant Erwin Böhme of Jasta 2, the second of his eventual 24, before he was killed in combat over Zonnebeke while attacking 2Lts J A Pattern and P W Leycester in AWFK 8 B324 of No 10 Sqn on 29 November 1917.

Ltn Böhme is best remembered for his mid-air collision with his commander, the 40 victory ace Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke, on 28 October 1916, which cost the life of his leader.

“Airmen Died” says that 2Lt Nixon now thought to be buried at Serre Road No 2 Cemetery, Puisieux.

I hope this helps.


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Goodness me! Thanks very much, a lot more information than I expected!

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