Wicks, Second Lieutenant George Viner

No 7 Training Sqn AFC

George Wicks was born in Fremantle, WA, on 8 October 1892, though there are references in his Service Record to birth in Marrickville, NSW, where he was living at the time of his enlistment; this appears to be a contemporary clerical error. He had learned to fly as a member of the 3rd Course at the NSW State Aviation School at Richmond, and was a Consulting Engineer when he was commissioned in the AFC in Sydney on 5 November 1917. On 21 November he left from Melbourne on HMAT A71 Nestor. After a brief stopover in Egypt, he arrived in the UK in January 1918. He then moved through Nos 5 and 7 Training Sqns where he was instructed in the military aspects of flying.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Leighterton on 13 October 1918 while flying RE8 C2628. It was 2Lt Wicks’ first flight in an RE8, and the Court of Enquiry determined that he had entered into a flat spin at about 50 feet after apparently turning without banking.

2Lt G V Wicks is buried in Grave 35 13395 at Reading Cemetery, Berkshire.

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