Storch, Lieutenant Louis Allen

No 4 Sqn AFC

Louis Storch was born in Hahndorf, South Australia. He was 21, and a Postal Telegraphist, when he joined the AIF in Adelaide on 22 May 1916. He was initially posted to the 2nd Depot Battalion and then to the Signal School at Mitcham before transferring to the Engineers in October for a Wireless Course at Moore Park, Sydney, followed by a move to the AFC in January 1917. He left from Melbourne on HMAT A5 Omrah on 17 January. After arrival in the UK he passed through more wireless training before being accepted for flying training in July. After graduation as a pilot, he was commissioned in November; promotion to Lieutenant followed in February 1918. He was posted to No 4 Sqn on the Western Front on 5 April.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Bruay on 22 April 1918 while flying Sopwith Camel D6584. He dived at an aerodrome target and was too close to the ground when he tried to pull out of the dive. The strain of pulling out was too great, and the wings folded up before the Camel crashed.

Lt L A Storch is buried in Grave VI E 14 at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France.

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