Wars Last Goodbyes
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Alfred John Haines D.F.C. R.F.C.
Who was killed in action
In Italy 10th Augst 1918
What nobler death could he choose
Sleep on till we meet again
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10th August 1918
Killed instantly when flying over the lines in north Italy with two others when his plane was hit by anti-aircraft guns. Alfred's plane landed in no man's land near Mount Asolone, north of Grappa. According to letters sent home, the Austrians immediately put up a white flag and sent out a medical officer and men, as well as an Italian medical officer and men - all parties lifted Alfred's body out of his plane and took his body back to the Austrian trench. The Italians then conveyed his body over the mountains to the British ambulances where he was buried at No 24 Casualty Clearing Station near Montecchio.
Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy
First World War
45 Squadron Royal Air Force
Royal Flying Corps
Distinguished Flying Cross
His flying nickname was Richthofen aka 'Ricky' because of his flying style. It was noted in the letters sent home that the Austrians and Italians treated Alfred's remains with great care and respect. His DFC was awarded posthumously in September 1918 for six victories against enemy planes.
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