18 July 1917 – HEMs

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Harvey Ernest Maxwell Porter

Weather prevented most flying on the Western Front today. However, Canadian Lieutenant Harvey Ernest Maxwell Porter was one on the few who got up to carry out artillery spotting. His BE2 was hit by AA fire and he was killed.

Meanwhile, back in England, another HEM, 2nd Lieutenant Herbert Ernest Malcolm Owen, who had only obtained his flying certificate on 16 June 1917, was killed whilst training with 60 Training Squadron at Scampton, Lincolnshire.

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Herbert Ernest Malcolm Owen

In what appears to be his first solo flight, his engine stalled shortly after take off, apparently due to an incorrect fuel mixture. The Avro 504 (A5930) immediately crashed and burst into flames on impact. Later reports suggested he was knocked unconscious before being engulfed in flames. His friends were unable to free him from the wreckage and he burned to death.

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