Armstrong-Whitworth FK8 F7395 (18/09/1918)

Armstrong-Whitworth FK8 F7395 was being utilised for a Patrol (with camera) on 18th September 1918

Its crew comprised:

  • MC Sonnenberg
  • J Clarke

The RFC Casualty Report shows “Machine left aerodrome at 10.10am and report received states that machine was brought down in flames (62C.F.25.B) by enemy aircraft; Pilot: Badly burnt; Observer: Believed killed”

MC Sonnenberg (Badly Burnt) and J Clarke (missing believed killed in action) were struck off strength of the squadron. MC Sonnenberg died of his wounds on 19th September.

The aircraft was struck off charge of the squadron and the RFC in the Field

Post War

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) records do not show where the remains of MC Sonnenberg were located but show that after the war they were concentrated (reinterred) as follows:

  • SONNENBERG , MELVILLE CHARLES Lieutenant DOINGT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION I. C. 29.

His Casualty Form shows that he was buried at Doingt Communal Cemetery by a reverend attached to the Australian Imperial Force

The CWGC records shows that the remains of J Clarke were not located (or could not be formally identified) and as such his name is commemorated on the Arras Flying Service Memorial as follows:

  • CLARKE, JOHN Second Lieutenant ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Casualty Card (MC Sonnenberg)

[Source: RAF Museum]

Casualty Card (J Clarke)

[Source: RAF Museum]