Bristol F2.b Fighter A7198
This profile is taken from one of the colour photographs of Frank Hurley. The photograph depicts a line up of Bristol Fighters, Martinsydes and RE8's at an aerodrome in Palestine. In the photograph, the PC10 for the tailfin looks particularly faded. A7198 joined 1 Squadron AFC from 111 Squadron RFC on the 17th of February, 1918.
The team of Lieutenant Eustice "Useless" S. Headlam and Lieutenant Edward Beaton on the 5th March 1918 claimed a decisive OOC victory over an Albatros DIII while South East of Jiljulieh. Headlam also made two decisive FTL/DES claims on the 27th of March this time with Lieutenant Walter A. Kirk, both over AEG's at Amman.
The Bristol A7198 was lost on the 3rd of May, 1918 with the crew of Lieutenant Jack K. Curwen-Walker and Corporal Neils P.B. Jensen after taking off from the squadrons Ramleh aerodrome at dawn. The Bristol inexplicably spun into the ground and crashed killing both pilot and observer. Curwen-Walker was previously with 2 Sqn AFC. Neils Jensen was a Danish sailor from Snejbjerg in Denmark. Jensen enlisted in the AIF as part of the 3rd Reinforcements. A7198 was Struck Off Charge by the Squadron on the 7th of May, 1918.
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