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    RYDER, Walter Harry - his death is reported in the Western Morning News of March 20th 1924. The article states that he died, aged 23, in Iraq when his Bristol Fighter of 45 Squadron crashed at Hinaidi whilst on a mail delivery flight. It also reports that in a letter to his father a few days before his death, he wrote that "he longed for the chance of flying the model he was accustomed to during the war instead of the obsolete type with which his squadron was now provided, the flying of which was martyrdom to any pilot."

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    KLYNES, Alexander Henry - he had changed his name from KIENZ in December 1918, and had served under his previous name in the Hampshire Regiment as a Sergeant and then in the RAF as a Flying Officer during WW1. His medal card gives his address as 8 Sqn, Hinaidi, in 1922, and he was posted to the HQ Inland Area on December 1st 1923.

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    CREAMER, Reginald Cyril - died at "Amman Ramadi Palestine", according to the National Probate Calendar.

    GLEN, John McGowan - died at Betwws-y-Coed

    HALL Geoffrey Shewell - the Derby Daily Telegraph of August 7th 1924 reports that he died when his Bristol Fighter crashed at RAF Digby. He apparently erroneously pushed the fuel cock to 'off', and stalled whilst attempting a turn.

    REID Ellis - Western Daily News of November 15th reports his death, the result of the crash of a Sopwith Snipe of 1 Sqn, at Hinaidi. Lt. W H E Cotter of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was seriously injured in the incident.

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    Simon,

    Re: RYDER. l have checked Jefford's 45 Squadron history - Flying Camels. It confirms Ryder was a member of the squadron, Pilot - 23/11/23 - 17/03/24 - Killed in flying accident (p.521).

    The squadron suffered a fatality on 17th March (1924), when Plt Off Walter Ryder was killed. Since the official term 'killed' is used (rather than the alternative 'died') this would suggest an accident of some kind but no other details appear to have survived (p.82)

    Aircraft known to have been used by No.45 Sqn: A number of Bristol fighters, eg D8055, D8095, D8099 and F4928, were flown by the squadron's pilots during the (Vickers) Vernon era, particularly in 1924-25, but these were actually on charge to Hinaidi's AD rather than to the squadron (p.500).

    Col.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmcmillan View Post
    ST GEORGE-TAYLOR, Harold, P/O - Killed 9 October 1924
    -> AW SISKIN J7147 of 41Sqn looped and dived into ground after formation take-off, Netheravon.

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    Hello,

    02/10/1924 - F/O Colin BOUSFIELD - Bristol F2b J6606 - Ballast shifted, spun in from 300ft, Heliopolis.

    Sadly another Bristol Fighter crash at Heliopolis (Cairo) on 2 October 1924 was fatal. The ballast, which had to be carried in the aircraft when it was flown solo, had not been properly restrained; it shifted and the resulting imbalance caused the aircraft to spin in from 300 feet, killing Fg Off Bousfield.

    Colin Bousfield had originally joined the RFC as an observer in 1917, he was posted to 14 Sqn in January 1924 and was killed in a flying accident nine months later.

    See:
    Winged Crusaders:The Exploits of 14 Squadron RFC & RAF 1915-1945.
    Napier,Michael.
    Barnsley:Pen and Sword Aviation,2012.
    pp.105, 122 & 296.

    Col.

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