Brook, Lieutenant Arthur O’Connor

No 3 Sqn AFC

Arthur Brook came from Dederang, Victoria, where he was born on 6 August 1893. His pre-War occupation was Telegraphist and he enlisted in the AFC in Melbourne on 5 September 1916, before departing Melbourne as an Air Mechanic Class II with No 2 Sqn on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October. After arrival in England he trained as a wireless operator with No 81 Reserve Sqn RFC at Scampton before joining No 69 (Australian) Sqn. In September 1917 he was commissioned and was promoted to Lieutenant in December.

On 20 February 1918 he was wounded in his right foot by ground fire and was sent to England to recover. He rejoined his unit in May.

He was killed in action during an artillery observation mission on 27 June 1918 when flying as observer in RE 8 A3661, flown by Lt P H Kerr, who was wounded when returning after observing for the 231st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. The RE 8 was attacked by a Pfalz scout while crossing the Lines and Lt Brook was killed in the air. Although wounded, Lt Kerr landed the aeroplane at Pont Noyelles. Vzfw Albert Haussmann of Jasta 13 claimed an “English aeroplane” over Villers-Bretonneaux; it was the 8th of his eventual 15 victories before he was killed in action when his parachute failed to open on 16 October 1918.

Lt A O’C Brook is buried at in Grave IV A 19 at Vignacourt Cemetery, France.

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