3 March 1917 – “Nothing to Report”


Columba Desmond Boyland

The RFC Communique for today states very simply “nothing to report” on the Western Front. Back at home however, there were six fatalities.

1st Class Air Mechanic Columba Desmond Boyland and 2nd  Class Air Mechanic A E Goode based at Killingholme Naval Air Station were drowned when they were swept off a jetty they were working on into the Humber. Attempts to rescue them were thwarted by strong currents.

2nd Class Air Mechanics Harry Ronald Hiscock, Walter M Naish, and Richard Silverwood all died of illness.

2nd Lieutenant Duncan Vincent Slattery from 20 Reserve Squadron RFC was killed in a flying accident when his BE2c (4590) suddenly nose dived from 100ft, crashed into the ground and burst into flames. Slattery was killed.


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