First allied airmen to be shot down

2nd Lt Vincent WATERFALL and Lt Charles George Gordon BAYLY, 5 Sqn RFC, took off on 22 August 1914 and at around 10:50 the pair was over German marching troops in the Enghien-Soignies area (south-west of Brussels).

Their plane (an Avro 504) was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed by the side of the Ath-Enghien road, both occupants being killed. They were the first allied airmen to be shot down and killed in Belgium. Their grave can be found in the cimetière du sud in Tournai.


The burnt remains of the aircraft and occupants

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