LEST WE FORGET

Second Lieutenant John Clifford PEEL

Service No: Not assigned
Born: Inverleigh VIC, 17 April 1894
Enlisted in the Army: 16 October 1917
Unit: No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations, France, 19 September 1918, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles Herbert and Susan Peel, of Tower Hill, Inverleigh, Victoria
Place of Association: Inverleigh VIC
Remembered: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During the late evening of September 18th, infantry of the 4th Australian Division made a further attack on the extreme right and secured the crest of the ridge at a point which they had failed to reach during daylight. Next morning in its systematic fashion, No. 3 Squadron again photographed the ridge to show the line reached by the Australian Corps along its entire front.  One of the machines (1) engaged on this work did not return, and its crew, Lieutenants J. C. Peel and Jeffers (Observer), were never heard of again.

(1) RE8 aircraft E120

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 327-8

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, PEEL JOHN CLIFFORD
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 242, 221457

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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