Machin, Second Lieutenant Rowland Frank Charles

No 3 Sqn AFC

Rowland Machin was born in Melbourne on 2 July 1896 and was working as a Fitter in Queenstown, Tasmania, when he enlisted the 12th Infantry Battalion at Claremont on 29 May 1916. He left Melbourne on HMAT A59 Botanist on 24 August. He joined his unit in France in February 1917 and was wounded in May after being buried by an exploding artillery shell. In December he transferred to the AFC for training as an observer, after which he was commissioned in February 1918. After further training, he was posted to No 3 Sqn in France in July.

On 15 August he was flying with Lt D F Dimsey in RE 8 C2490 on a Counter-Attack Patrol when the aeroplane was damaged by enemy fire and forced to return to base. The same airmen were in F5899 on 3 September when it was damaged by ground fire during a Contact Patrol.

He was killed in action over the Hindenburg Line on 18 September 1918 (during an attack by the 4th and 1st Australian Divisions) while flying RE 8 C2490 with Lt Dimsey, who was wounded. The RE 8 was flying at about 300 feet while on a Contact Patrol, and had just located the attacking infantry at about 10.00 when the RE 8 was hit by machine gun fire from the ground. Lt Dimsey returned to the squadron’s aerodrome, but 2Lt Machin died just after arrival.

2Lt F C Machin is buried in Grave I A 7 at Brie British Cemetery, France.

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