WW1 Casualty – 2 Lt E A C Archer Feb 1916

We have had an email query from Tony Keane from Dublin, Ireland and so posting the details to see if a bit of publicity will help.

“A great Uncle of my wife was killed in World War 1. He flew with the 24th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. I have got some information from the internet as you can see below but I was wondering if you or anyone could help me get a little bit more about him such as where he took off from on the day that he was killed.

According to the tables in the 24 Sqn History by Illingworth and Robeson, he was killed whilst flying and was the first casualty the squadron suffered. He goes on to say that.

” Only two machines failed to cross the English Channel on February 7 (1916), and the following day the Squadron was unfortunate enough to suffer its first casualty – Lt. Archer , then in charge of “C” flight, failing to pull his machine out of a spin and crashing into the ground. Thus a career full of promise to the RFC terminated on its threshold.” >

From the serial listing for a forthcoming CCI monograph on the DH2: 5922 24 Sqn C Flt dd 4.1.16, to BEF with unit and wrecked in landing crash from spin from 70’ at St Omer 9.2.16 (2Lt E.A.C. Archer KIFA).

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