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Captain Alexander Kynoch memorial. Newly listed at Grade II. © Terry Joyce.

On the night of 7 March 1918, RFC Captains Alexander Kynoch and Henry Stroud set off respectively from Stow Maries and Rochford airfields, Essex on their way to intercept a German Gotha bomber that was heading for London. They fatally collided in mid-air around midnight and crashed in fields at nearby Rawreth. The local farmer, William Wilson, and his sister Jean were first on the scene.

Captain Alexander Kynoch and Captain Henry Stroud memorials, Rawreth, Essex

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