Cadet Roy Nelson PILLOW

Service No: 14061
Born: Geelong VIC, August 1895
Enlisted in the Army: 17 March 1916
Unit: No. 7 (Training) Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Injuries from an Aircraft Accident, England, 24 August 1918, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Leighterton Church Cemetery, Leighterton, Gloucestershire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry and Harriet Pillow, of “Minerva,” Laurel Bank Parade, Geelong, Victoria
Place of Association: Geelong VIC
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 24 August 1918, Cadet Pillow flying solo was killed at Leighterton in the crash of RE8 aircraft D/4977.  The Court of Enquiry determined that the cause of the accident was that he attempted to turn without sufficient flying speed, causing the nose to drop and the machine to spin.  The height was not sufficient to regain control before hitting the ground.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, PILLOW ROY NELSON

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