Early this morning 100 years ago, flying from Larkhill just north of Stonehenge, Captain Loraine crashed his Nieuport monoplane during a failed turn. Both he and his passenger Staff-Sergeant Wilson were killed. I’ve written about this before, and the recent removal of the memorial at Airman’s Cross. Here are some further notes and sources.
The Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre has three photos:
I saw this photo of Loraine’s coffin procession in Bulford on eBay (but didn’t buy it!):
Here is another photo of this procession, posted here:
This is the most detailed description of the incident, from the Journal of the Royal Air Force Historical Society 16 (1996), 104–110, by Air Vice-Marshall Barry Newton. The whole journal is available here.
Numerous documents linked to the planning application to move the cross can be found here, on the Wiltshire Council website.
And so as not to forget Sergeant Wilson, here is a photo of his grave in Andover, posted here on the Aviation Forum; Loraine was buried in Suffolk.