Second Lieutenant Reginald James Thomas FORSYTH 

Service No: 1096
Born: Crows Nest NSW, January 1893
Enlisted in the Army: 21 March 1915
Unit: No. 6 (Training) Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Aircraft Accident, England, 16 February 1918, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Christ Church Churchyard Extension, Tilstock, Shropshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Lile Lewis Forsyth and Elizabeth Christina Forsyth
Place of Association: North Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: North Sydney War Memorial, North Sydney NSW

On 16 February 1918, Second Lieutenant Forsyth was fatally injured in the crash of Sopwith Pup aircraft B/6089 at Tern Hill.  He was practicing formation flying and, flying into the wind, moved ahead of the formation flying at about 1,000 feet.  In an effort to rejoin, he turned back in a vertical bank and the aircraft slipped, the nose dropped and the aircraft went into a spin.  He has almost recovered control before hitting the ground.  The Court of Enquiry found that the cause of the accident was that Second Lieutenant Forsyth had been overcome by nausea and sickness in the air and lost control of the machine.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, FORSYTH R J T
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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