Storrer, Captain Henry Haigh

No 69 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Henry Storrer was born in Geelong, Victoria, on 3 September 1888. He was an Accountant, a Motor Garage Manager or a Shipping Clerk (according to different copies of his enlistment papers!) while serving as a Captain in the AMF 8th Garrison Artillery, when he joined the AFC at Laverton as a Lieutenant on 24 October 1915; he spent three months with the Aviation Instruction Staff, learning to fly at Point Cook. On 25 October 1916 he embarked on HMAT A68 Ulysses at Melbourne as the acting Commanding Officer of No 3 Sqn AFC/No 69 (Australian) Sqn, RFC. On arrival in the UK he was posted to various RFC Units for higher instruction in military aviation. He was promoted to Captain, and appointed as a flight commander, in August 1917, when the squadron left the UK for the Western Front.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Ballieul on 2 December 1917 while flying RE8 A3755 with Lt W N E Scott, who was also killed. A strong wind was blowing as the aeroplane took off from Ballieul (Town Ground) Aerodrome on an artillery observation mission and, as Capt Storrer turned to avoid a line of trees, a sudden squall turned the RE8 upside down so that it crashed onto the stone wall of Ballieul Cemetery.

Capt H H Storrer is buried in Grave III F 46 at Ballieul (Extension) Cemetery, France.

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