LEST WE FORGET

Cadet Thomas Meredith ALLEN

Service No: 1313
Born: Apia, Samoa, October 1893
Enlisted in the Army: 28 November 1914
Unit: Training Depot, Australian Flying Corps attached to School of Military Aeronautics RFC / No. 9 Reserve Squadron RFC
Died: Aircraft Accident, Norwich, 27 April 1917, Aged 23 Years
Buried: St Giles Churchyard, Ashtead, Surrey
CWGC Additional Information: No additional information
Place of Association: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 27 April 1917, Cadet Allen was killed when Henry Farman aircraft 1214 crashed at Norwich.  The aircraft was on its landing glide, did not flare and struck the ground heavily, throwing Cadet Allen clear.  He landed on his head and was fatally injured.  The Court of Enquiry found no fault with the aircraft and determined pilot error as the cause of the crash.

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 T M

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