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Last updated: 10 May 2019
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Date:12-FEB-1917
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic be2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c
Owner/operator:18 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: A8949
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RFC Montrose, Forfarshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RFC Montrose, Forfarshire
Destination airport:RFC Montrose, Forfarshire
Narrative:
12.2.17: Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c A8949, 18 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Montrose. Written off (destroyed) when stalled and nose dived into the ground, RFC Montrose, Forfarshire. Pilot - 2nd Lt Thomas Macmillan (aged 23) - was killed. According to the aircraft accident record card for B.E.2c A8949:

"Court of Inquiry 87/7954
19/2/17
Flying accident at 150 feet. Pilot stalled the machine and nose dived into the ground. Error of judgement. Court of Inquiry attributed cause of accident to an error of judgement on the part of the pilot"

During a flight in Scotland Lieutenant T. Macmillan, of the Royal Flying Corps, lost his life. The machine was observed to turn right over, and in its fall it struck the ground with great force, causing the petrol tank to burst, thus setting the machine on fire. Lieutenant Macmillan was terribly burned, but it is believed he was dead before the machine took fire.

Lieutenant Macmillan was the eldest son of the Rev. James Macmillan, Minister of Newlands United Free Church, Glasgow. He was a native of Nairn, and was twenty-two years of age. He was educated at Glasgow High School and Glasgow Academy, and when the war broke out he was a student of Civil Engineering at Glasgow University.

Enlisting as a private in the Cameron Highlanders he served in France, and in May, 1915, was wounded and gassed at Ypres. In December of the same year he went to Salonika, and in April, 1916, he returned home and trained for his commission. After being gazetted in the autumn he was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.

Lieutenant Thomas Macmillan is buried in Eastwood Old and New Cemetery in Thornliebank, Glasgow. He is remembered in the University of Glasgow’s Memorial Chapel, on the World War 1 memorial at Newlands South Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College of Glasgow.

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1917.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/664389/macmillan,-thomas/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/macmillan-t.-thomas
4. https://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/media/812652/biographies-part-4.pdf (page 154)
5. https://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/ww1-biography/?id=3523
6. https://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/showthread.php?19689-100-Years-Ago-Today/page45


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Jan-2019 22:07 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Jan-2019 16:38 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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