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Gordon, Erskine W (Lieutenant)

Killed in Action 1918-July-31

Birth Date: unkown date (age 24)

Born: Ottawa, Ontario

John Gordon & Lucy Tresidder

unmarried

Home: Ottawa, Ontario

Enlistment: Ottawa, Ontario: PPCLI, CEF

Enlistment Date: 1914-09-01

Service
RAF
Unit
98 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Never Failing
Base
France
Rank
Lieutenant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
Eastern Ontario Regiment, but attached to the RAF. While practice flying he was killed in an accident. His observer, 2Lt Leslie Frederick Cecil Sayers (British) was also killed. **M.R.** 1918-07-31: Gordon died in a flying accident on this date, in France. His DH-9 was destroyed by fire, after crashing. No other details of his death were found in the public record.

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Airco (pre de Havilland) DH 9 DH 9a

Airco DH.9 (Source Wikipedia

The Airco DH.9 (from de Havilland 9) also known after 1920 as the de Havilland DH.9 was a British single-engined biplane bomber developed and deployed during the First World War.

The DH.9 was a development of Airco's earlier successful DH.4, with which it shared many components. These were mated to an all-new fuselage and the BHP/Galloway Adriatic engine, which promised increased performance. Anticipating its usefulness, the type was ordered in very large numbers for Britain's Royal Flying Corps (RFC).

Upon entering service, the DH.9's performance was found to be unsatisfactory. The Adriatic engine was unreliable and failed to provide the expected power, which gave the DH.9 poorer performance than the aircraft it had been meant to replace. The performance deficit was blamed for the heavy losses they suffered over the Western Front. The redesigned DH.9A was fitted with a more powerful and reliable American Liberty L-12 engine which rectified the shortcomings of the original DH.9 model. Wikipedia

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last update: 2023-09-19 12:23:24

DH.9 D5688


98 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Never Failing

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