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Hi Gents,

I wanted to show you this Death Penny,

May you can help me with the poor man who has been fallen?

Many thanks and best wishes

Chris

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Here you go......    Killed in training accident......

  • Second Lieutenant  PRESTON, MAXWELL EDDEN

Died 23/09/1918

Aged 19

32nd Training Depot Station
Royal Air Force

Son of Edmund Albert and Julia Emma Preston, of 8, St. Paul's Place, Canonbury, London.

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Hi Micheal,

many thanks for your answer.

I think Air Force is not that common?

Best wishes

Chris

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scarcest of the 3 services and nice that it's a unique name.

Paul

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Hi Simon,

thank you for the link.

Paul, many thanks for your answer. :)

Best wishes

Chris

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Looks as if he was killed in training, not on operational service, but yes, there is always a bit of a premium for the RFC / RAF.  And, yes, nice to get a unique name.  I have a pair to a 'Lieut. XX Smith, RAF' and no earthly hope of figuring out who he was, as there are 12 men with his initials.

We forget too, that by 1918 the RAF had its share of clerks and box-wallahs, but your man sounds as if he was a pilot in training.  Apparently RAF Montrose was the first operational base set up in the UK and planes actually flew missions over France from there.  It's in southern Scotland.  The Wiki entry on it is quite interesting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Montrose

 

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It was very common in WWI for aircrew to die in training accidents, I think about two thirds of all aircrew who died were killed in this way.

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Hi,

many thanks for your informations.

Best wishes

Chris

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