Lieutenant Percy Lilico

Lieutenant Percy Lilico, Royal Air Force. He was killed in a flying accident on 16th February 1918, aged 27. He was the son of Emily and the late Charles Gordon Lilico of West Terrace, Wooler and is buried in Wooler ( St. Mary ) Church Burial Ground. He had been flying a Maurice Farman Shorthand from Northolt when it side slipped and nose dived into the ground. ( When he died the Air Service was still called the Royal Flying Corps and did not become the R.A.F. until 1st April 1918 when it was amalgamated with the Royal Naval Air Service ). During the War there were more fatalities in flying accidents than were caused by combat. Often this was because the trainee pilots had to fly out dated and worn out machines such as the Shorthorn.

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