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Lieutenant John Cyril Hodges

28 Training Squadron, Royal Flying Corp. Formerly Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in Flying Accident, Castle Bromwich, 17th September 1916 aged 19

  • Buried: Curdworth St Nicholas Churchyard
  • Son of the Rev Edward James and Mrs Constance Mary Hodges [nee Byers] of Markshall Rectory, Coggeshall, Essex
  • Also killed in the same accident was 2nd Lt Leslie Syson
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Curdworth Airmen Memorial

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  • Born 29 Aug 1897 at Lerwick, Shetland
  • Educated at Crondall School, Hampshire, Kingswood Preparatory School, Camberley¬†and Worksop College
  • Member of the OTC at Worksop
  • Commissioned at 2nd Lt 24 Feb 1915
  • Transferred to RFC 12 Apr 1916
  • Promoted to Lieutenant 8 Aug 1916
  • Received Flying Certificate 17 Jun 1916 and remained an Instructor until his death

    Summary of Flying Accident
    Captain Simpson, R.F.C., who witnessed the flight [in a Sopwith Strutter], said he saw the machine loop the loop at a height of about 3,000 feet. It seemed to go through the evolution all right. Then he saw the tail plane move but he could not say what was the cause. He expressed the opinion, in reply to questions by the Coroner, that the last loop was made in such a way as to put rather a heavy strain on the machine.The loop was quite good, but when the second was made the machine seemed to drive too much, and the pilot (Hodges) pulled it back rather suddenly to go up to a loop, which would cause a heavy strain.

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