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    Default ANNFIELD PLAIN - Sgt Joyce Memorial

    Photos kindly sent to me by Fred Pearce

    Last edited by Richard Flagg; 24-12-2012 at 10:14.

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    A few more photos from ARG Member David Lee taken recently

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    Default Re: ANNFIELD PLAIN - Sgt Joyce Memorial

    I passed by that memorial a few months back not knowing what it was for, but got the MTD to reverse back so I could have a proper look. Is it the exact spot the Pilot died or like alot it was more likely 'near this spot' ?


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    Sergeant Arthur John Joyce (service number 9932) from Clapham Common in London, was a member of No 36 (Home Defence) Squadron's A Flight based at Hylton Aerodrome

    On the night of 13th March 1918, he took off on a routine patrol in his Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b fighter (registration A5740).

    He got into difficulties for unknown reasons and was seen to circle the area around Pontop Pike three times before attempting to land in a field at the side of Loud Bank, Annfield Plain - An area that was rough pasture, steeply sloped and not the best landing site.

    Touching down the aircraft overturned, burst into flames and then exploded. The roadside memorial is located near to the spot where he died

    Sergeant Joyce was buried at Earlsfield Cemetery, Wandsworth, London

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