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Robert Newman (1894-1916)
This is the fifth in an occasional series to commemorate the centenary of the deaths of a number of World War I pilots whose pictures are missing from the Royal Aero Club’s records. Robert Newman was born on 12 December 1894 in London. He was a Lieutenant in the RFA and qualified as a pilot at the Military School, Brooklands on 9 July 1915. On 27 May 1916 – 100 years ago today – he was killed in a flying accident (35 Squadron, RFC) over Thetford, Norfolk. His passenger, Douglas Bayley/Bayly de Bruyn, was also killed. There is an internet photograph for de Bruyn, but can you help track down Newman’s photograph? Family photographs? Squadron records? Local newspaper reports? Any help you can offer will be very gratefully received. If you can provide a copy of his photograph, or if you have any ideas about where may be a good place to look, please “Contact Us” through this web-site, with “The RAeC Collection – albums, archives” in the Subject line of your Email.