24 August 1915 – Mapplebeck killed

Captain Gilbert Mapplebeck

One of the original pilots with the RFC at the start of the war, with 4 Squadron, Gilbert Mapplebeck DSO was killed today in a flying accident whilst testing a Morane monoplane.

Mapplebeck was the first British airman to be wounded by fire from another aircraft, and had escaped from behind enemy lines after being shot down in March 1915.

He was working as an instructor at Joyce Green airfield. Apparently he was doing a low level loop when he crashed into a hangar roof. The plane crashed, caught fire and Mapplebeck was killed.

Mapplebeck had originally joined the RFC in 1913, having learned to fly in 1912. He passed his RAeC certificate in January 1912 at Hendon.

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