Shepherd, Second Lieutenant Oscar Dudley

No 6 Training Sqn AFC

Oscar Shepherd came from Goulburn, NSW, and was a Motor Driver and Mechanic aged 29 (with a past conviction for ‘fast driving’) when he joined the AIF at The Show Ground Camp in Sydney on 23 October 1916. He was posted to the Army Service Corps and left from Sydney on HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November. He arrived in France in February 1917 and, apart from a short leave in the UK, stayed there with ‘K’ Supply Column until he transferred to the AFC for pilot training in December that year. In June 1918 he graduated as a pilot and was commissioned. He was then posted to No 6 Training Sqn at Minchinhampton, where he was a popular member of the unit, being captain of the cricket team and a leading tennis player.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Minchinhampton on 11 August 1918 while flying SE5a D363. The aircraft dived at a ground target, and the right wings collapsed while pulling out. The Court of Enquiry was of the opinion that the wing had been strained when pulling out of a previous dive.

2Lt O D Shepherd is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England.

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