Sloane, Air Mechanic Class II William Douglas (694)

No 69 (Australian) Sqn RFC

William Sloane came from Mulwala, NSW, and was working as a Motor Engineer aged 26, when he joined No 2 Sqn AFC in Melbourne on 2 October 1916. On 25 October he embarked on HMAT A38 Ulysses in Melbourne. After arrival in the UK, he attended a Fitter’s Course in Scotland before being posted to No 69 (Australian) Sqn at South Carlton in July 1917. On 21 August, the squadron flew to Lympne, prior to flying on to France, and a mechanic occupied the observer’s cockpit in every RE8.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Biggin Hill on 21 August 1917 while flying in RE8 B3421, flown by 2Lt F C Shapira, who was also killed. The aeroplane landed at Biggin Hill on the way to Lympne, and crashed when taking off again.

AMII W D Sloane is buried in Grave XI D 15 at Brookwood (Military) Cemetery, Surrey, England.

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