11 January 1917

The weather today limited operational flying. Overnight the Germans made a rare trip over the lines to bomb 16 Squadron’s airfield at Bruay.  THere were no casualties, but 5 aircraft were damaged in their hangar.

The only casualty of the day was 2nd Lieutenant Raymond Hopper from 60 Squadron RFC who was killed in a flying accident near Savy. He was out on a practice flight in a Nieuport 16 (A187). Whilst gliding in at 500 feet  he tried to turn but was seen to nosedive into the ground. Hopper was killed instantly.

Accidents that happen on the home front are normally investigated by an inquest. As this accident occurred at the front there was no inquest and the cause of the accident is not known.  He is therefore listed as killed in action.


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