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British Airmen - The Huts Cemetery

The Huts Cemetery. Royal Flying Corps. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
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Grave XV.C.20 44578 Air Mechanic 1st Class Leonard Benjamin Cope. 10 Squadron RFC attached 252 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery Age 20. KIA 14.3.18. Son of Benjamin and Lizzie Sophia Cope, 13 Browning Street, Walworth, London. As ground crew acting as liaison with the artillery he was most likely killed in counter-battery fire.

The Huts Cemetery. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
Authors image. The Huts Cemetery

Grave III.A.6 44340 Private Stanley Edward Pilbrow M.M.. 22nd Manchesters attached 20 Squadron RFC. Age 26. KIA 15.8.17. Son of Edward and Minnie Priscilla Pilbrow, 1 Carlyle Square, Chelsea, London. Husband of Elsie Mabel Pilbrow. He was flying as the observer/gunner in an FE2d, A5152, when their aircraft sustained engine damage in a fight with Leutnant Werner Voss of Jasta 10. The pilot, Lieutenant CH Cameron was unharmed however, Pilbrow was killed in the action.

Leutnant Werner Voss - German flying ace credited with 48 aerial victories. A dyer's son from Krefeld, he began his military career in November 1914 as a 17‑year‑old Hussar. After turning to aviation, he proved to be a natural pilot. After flight school and six months in a bomber unit, he joined a newly formed fighter squadron, Jagdstaffel 2 on 21 November 1916. There he befriended Manfred von Richthofen.

The Huts Cemetery. Leutnant Werner Voss. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
Leutnant Werner Voss

By 6 April 1917, Voss had scored 24 victories and awarded Germany's highest award, the Pour le Mérite. A month's leave removed Voss from the battlefield during Bloody April. Soon after Voss returned from leave, he was at odds with his squadron commander. He was detailed from his squadron to evaluate new fighter aircraft and became enthusiastic about the Fokker Triplane. After transferring through three temporary squadron commands in two months, Voss was given command of Jagdstaffel 10 on 30 July 1917 at Richthofen's request. By now, his victory total was 34.

His last combat came on 23 September 1917, just hours after his 48th victory. Flying a silver-blue Fokker Dr.1, he singly fought James McCudden, Keith Muspratt, Harold A. Hamersley, Arthur Rhys-Davids, Robert L. Chidlaw-Roberts, Geoffrey Hilton Bowman, Reginald Hoidge, and Richard Maybery. After he fell in solo opposition to those eight British aces after a dazzling display of aerobatics and gunnery that put bullets in his every opponent, he was described by his preeminent foe, Victoria Cross winner James McCudden, as "the bravest German airman". The pilot who actually killed Voss, Arthur Rhys-Davids, wished he had brought him down alive.

The Huts Cemetery. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
Authors image. The Huts Cemetery

Grave VI.B.8 7470 Air Mechanic 1st Class Charles Holmes Kingston Hogg. 6 Squadron RFC attached 353rd Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Age 20. KIA 18.9.17. Son of Louisa Lunn, of 7, Lover's Lane, Newark.

The 353rd Siege Battery War Diary records that it was located near Hill 60 on 18 September and were registering their guns. The Battery suffered a number of casualties.

The Huts Cemetery. 353rd Siege Battery RGA. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
353rd Siege Battery RGA. War Diary.

The Huts Cemetery. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
Authors image. The Huts Cemetery

Grave I.D.19 2nd Lieutenant Denis John Fendall. Observer. 4 Squadron attached Royal Field Artillery. DoW 8.8.17. He was flying in an RE8, A4255, on an artillery observation patrol when he was shot down by enemy aircraft. The pilot 2nd Lieutenant A Walsh also died of his wounds.

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