LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Geoffrey Dunster ALLEN 

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: Newcastle NSW, December 1896
Enlisted in the Army: 15 June 1917
Unit: No. 5 (Training) Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Injuries from an Aircraft Accident, England, 7 September 1918, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Leighterton Church Cemetery, Leighterton, Gloucestershire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of G. W. Allen, of “Maynella,” Deakin Avenue, Haberfield, New South Wales
Place of Association: Haberfield NSW
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 7 September 1918, Lieutenant Allen was killed in an aircraft accident at Minchinhampton.  Sopwith Camel aircraft C.106 that he was flying solo, looped and then became inverted and spun into a hay shed at Clarke’s Farm.  The Court of Enquiry concluded that Lieutenant Allen had lost control while in a flat spin and the machine then crashed.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, ALLEN G D

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