LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Louis Paul KREIG

AWM and CWGC records show the surname spelled as KRIEG.  The enlistment form and other documents on the record held by the NAA show KREIG. 

Service No: 228
Born: Dimboola VIC
Enlisted in the Army: 31 December 1914
Unit: No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Squadron Bristol Fighter aircraft B1280), Palestine, 19 August 1918, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Ramleh War Cemetery, Ramla, Israel
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Carl and Emma D. Krieg, of Jondaryn, Queensland.
Place of Association: Toowoomba QLD
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

We had a very bad accident this morning. Lieutenant Stooke (Pilot) and Lieutenant Kreig (Observer) went up in B.F. No. B1280 for an engine test. While he was taking off the engine cut out and he came down near the railway line and crashed into a moving railway engine and both the petrol tanks burst into flames and blew the machine to pieces. The pilot was killed immediately and the observer was burned to death.

Extract from Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) One Man’s War: Aircraft Mechanic Joe Bull’s Personal diaries 1916-9, Banner Books, Maryborough QLD 4650, 1997 – Page 126

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, KREIG Louis Paul

Bibliography:

Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) One Man’s War: Aircraft Mechanic Joe Bull’s Personal diaries 1916-9, Banner Books, Maryborough QLD 4650, 1997
Roberts, E.G.  (Eric Glendower) (250197) Box Kites and Beyond, The Hawthorn Press Melbourne VIC 3000, 1976
Sutherland, L. W. (Leslie) Aces and Kings, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1935
Williams, Sir R. (Richard) (1) These are Facts: the Autobiography of Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams KBE, CB, DSO, Australian War Memorial and Australian Government Publishing Service, 1977 – Chapters 3-9

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