LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant John Ernest CHAPMAN 

Service No: 1152
Born: Bairnsdale VIC, January 1895
Enlisted in the Army: 7 September 1915
Unit: No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations, France, 8 August 1918, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Picardie, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred Ernest and Anna Theresa Chapman. Born at Boggy Creek, Victoria, Australia
Place of Association: Maryborough VIC
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

One contact-patrol machine – Lieutenants E. J. Bice and J. E. Chapman (observer) – was lost; it was attacked by nine Fokker biplanes near Mericourt about noon and shot down, both officers being killed.

(1) RE8 aircraft C2309

Extract from Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Page 310

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, CHAPMAN J E
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 19, 49088

Bibliography:

Muller, P. (Peter) and Hutchinson, J. (John) Secrets Revealed: a brief history of No. 3 Squadron RAAF, Lutheran Publishing House Adelaide SA 5000, 1991
Wrigley, H.N. (Henry Neilsen) (6) The Battle Below: Being the history of No. 3 Squadron AFC, Errol G. Knox Sydney NSW, 1935

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