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British Airmen - Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery


Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders.
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Grave V.E.15 1678 Sergeant Cecil Stephen Tooms. Pilot. 41 Squadron RFC. Age 22. KIA 24.1.17. Son of Stephen and Ellen Tooms, of Northampton. He had served as an observer in No.1 Squadron in early 1916 and obtained his pilots certificate on 26 October 1916. He was to claim 41 Squadrons first victory on the morning of 24 January 1917 however, he did not have much time to enjoy this. He was flying in an FE8, 6453, when he was shot down and killed by Leutnant Alfred Ulmer of Jasta 8 on the afternoon of 24 January 1917. This was also to be Ulmers fifth and final victory.









Grave V.B.10 Lieutenant Claude A Felix Brown. Observer. 46 Squadron RFC. Age 21. KIA 26.12.16. Son of Ernest Henry and Ethel Mabel Felix-Brown, 13 Leeside Crescent, Golders Green, London. Grave V.B.11 Captain John William Washington Nason. Pilot. 14th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment attached 46 Squadron RFC. Son of Doctor and Mrs. Nason, 23 Grosvenor Crescent, St. Leonards-on-Sea. They were flying in a Nieuport 12, A3294, on a photography patrol when they became 46 Squadron’s first casualties when they were shot down over Railway Wood by Leutnant Alfred Ulmer. They were his third victory. Their aircraft crashed between the British first and second lines at Railway Wood.


Leutnant Alfred Ulmer – He joined Jasta 8 as a Vizefeldwebel on 10 September 1916. He was promoted to Leutnant and was severely wounded on 5 February 1917 over Dranoutre. On recovering from his wounds, he rejoined Jasta 8 and was shot down and killed on 29 June over Hollebeke his aircraft, an Albatros DV, caught fire. The victory, their first, was claimed by Canadians Lieutenant H W Joslyn and Private E A Potter flying in FE2d A6415 of 20 Squadron. They would go on to be aces.


Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
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Grave VII.B.1 77646 Sergeant Frederick Bird. Observer. 20 Squadron RFC. Age 24. KIA 23.5.17. Son of Thomas L. and Eliza Bird, of Elm Villa, Elm Road, Sidcup, Kent. They were flying in an observation patrol in an FE2d, A6466, when they were in a fight with aircraft of Jasta 28. They were forced to land near Vlamertinghe and the pilot, 2nd Lieutenant W Howarth, was wounded in the action.




Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
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Grave III.E.9 8177 Air Mechanic 2nd Class Arthur Francis Jackson Phillips. 6 Squadron RFC. KIA 12.12.15.




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