LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Herbert Henry TURK MC

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: Queensland, 1889
Unit: 11th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, based at lzel-le–Hameau, France
Awarded the Military Cross (MC), 20 October 1916
Died: Aircraft Accident, France, 3 November 1916, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Avesnes-le-Comite Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George and Alice Turk, of North Area, N.C. Line, Queensland
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 3 November 1916, Lieutenant Turk was killed and Lieutenant John Allan RFC (from Canada) was fatally injured in an aircraft accident when FE2b aircraft 7700 dived into the ground.  In an experiment while airborne, the crew of the aircraft attempted to collect a message from between poles when a wire became caught in the aircraft’s propeller, causing the aircraft to crash.  Lieutenant Allan died from his injuries the following day.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/967 page 101, 288760

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