A pilots' war




 Officers serving in No 27 Squadron RFC January - June 1916:

Major Amyas Eden "Biffy" Borton DSO, CO

Major Sidney "Crasher" Smith, C Flight Commander (later CO and DSO, AFC, CdG)

Capt. Frank W Smith, A Flight Commander (later Major & CO of 62 Sqn)

2nd Lt.  Henry Arthur Taylor (KIA 27 September 1916 buried Mory-Abbey Military Cemetery)

2nd Lt. Douglas Graham Joy Canadian

2nd Lt.  Maurice Duncan Basden (KIA 20 May 1916 buried at Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier)

Capt. Tom Algar Elliott Cairns, B Flight Commander (later CO of 32 Sqn)

Lt. Charles Alfred Brooks

2nd Lt. Sydney Dalrymple, Australian (later Capt with 24 and 139 Sqns, 5 victories, DFC)

2nd Lt. Arthur Henry William Tollemache (KIA 19 July 1916, Arras Memorial)

Capt. Charles Drury Fuller

2nd Lt. F G Hogarth

2nd Lt H A Johnstone

2nd Lt. Robert W Nichol (missing 9 July 1916 later confirmed POW)

Lt. James Clifford Turner (KIA 3 August 1916 buried at Belgrade Cemetery, Namur, Belgium)

2nd Lt. Norman William Thomas (KIA 8 April 1916 buried at Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi)

2nd Lt. Donald Stuart Calthorpe Macaski 

Lt C J W Darwin

Lt. O V Thomas AEO

Lt. G D Etches AEO(W)

from June 1916

2nd Lt. Kenneth Townley Dowding  (later Flt Cdr with 103 Sqn)

2nd Lt. (James Douglas) Latta  

2nd Lt. S A Sharpe


Major Smith's log book and photos, 

"The Flying Elephants" by Chaz Bowyer, 

RFC Communiqués, 

RAC Certificates list, 

CWGC, and theaerodrome.com

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