11 May 1917 – Tunbridge fells


John Vincent Tunbridge

Out in Palestine John Vincent Tunbridge from 67 (Australian) Squadron RFC (1 Squadron AFC) was out on a reconnaissance mission in his Martinsyde G100 when a Fokker from FAb300 with Leutnant F Schlieff and Oberleutnant Daum on board attacked him. They shot him up and unfortunately for Tunbridge they hit a Very light inside the aircraft which exploded and set the aircraft on fire.

Tunbridge managed to crash land but survived despite being badly burnt. He did not fly again however and was invalided back to Australia.

Shortly afterwards he was awarded the Military Cross.



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