The graves of Captain Henry Douglas Eyre Ralfe AFC (pilot) and Lieutenant William Alexander John ...

Accession Number P09378.013
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Digital file TIFF
Maker Unknown
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Vignacourt, Vignacourt British Cemetery
Date made c May 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

The graves of Captain Henry Douglas Eyre Ralfe AFC (pilot) and Lieutenant William Alexander John Buckland AFC (observer). This crew, from No. 3 Squadron AFC, were shot down about 3 km west of Morlancourt on 6 May 1918. Their RE8 was intercepted by five German fighters, and crashed in flames. Lieutenant JHA Treacy AFC, from their squadron, observed the action at a distance and confirmed that the pilot stayed with the aircraft while the observer jumped clear of the fire during the final dive. From the collection of Lieutenant Tom Latham Baillieu who served with No. 3 Squadron AFC.