Mott, Lieutenant Arthur Percival

No 6 Training Sqn AFC

Arthur Mott was born in Skenes Creek, Victoria. He was a Watchmaker, aged 20, when he joined No 1 Sqn AFC in Melbourne on 28 January 1916, after serving for 3 years with the AMF Engineers. He left Melbourne on HMAT A67 Orsova on 16 March. By the end of May he had qualified as a pilot and been commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, with promotion to Lieutenant following in August.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Montrose on 24 December 1917 while flying Sopwith Camel B5614; he was practicing aerobatics and had completed a spin and a roll when the aeroplane dived into the sea. The Court of Enquiry formed the opinion that Lt Mott probably lost consciousness during the aerobatics, causing the Camel to crash. In 1925 his diary was found and given to the RAAF, who returned it to Lt Mott’s family.

Lt A P Mott is buried in Grave A7 33 at Montrose (Sleepyhillock) Scotland.

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