F/O Lascelles Spence Birt

  photo: 1928, aged 26

 

Died (whilst in RAF Reserve) 25/6 Oct 1929; Birt was piloting the Short Calcutta flying-boat 'City of Rome' which ran into a gale after leaving Naples and set down on the sea near Spezia. An SOS was picked up and a steamer sighted them, fixed a cable and started to tow them in. Unfortunately the cable snapped and the flying boat capsized, drowning the crew and four passengers.
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