Aire, France. An elaborately engraved brass plaque mounted on a wooden propeller forms the shape ...

Unit Royal Flying Corps
Place Europe: France
Accession Number P02118.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Place made France: Nord Pas de Calais, Pas de Calais, Aire-sur-la-Lys, Aire Communal Cemetery
Date made 1917-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

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Description

Aire, France. An elaborately engraved brass plaque mounted on a wooden propeller forms the shape of a cross over the grave of 2nd Lieutenant John (Jack) Hay, No 40 Squadron, RFC (Royal Flying Corps), at a cemetery just outside the town. The inscription on the plaque reads "The earth holds not a finer gentleman". A grazier in civilian life, Hay was shot down by the German flying ace, Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, during an air battle on 23 January 1917. Aged 28, he was the only Australian of the Red Baron's eighty-nine victims.