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    Posted: 12 Apr 2011 at 17:09
Hello everyone, I'm new to this site. Does anyone know anything about my father, Harry Sanders Robertson? He was in the RFC and crashed in France, at Bazieux, on 9th April 1916 - he was a Qualified Observer. He subsequently obtained a command and flew with the RFC. After the war he was a Captain with Daimler Airways, flying out of Croyden Airport. I'd be very grateful for any information. Thanks. Jane Arnold
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23.4.1917 2Lt HS Robertson (pilot) & Lt GJ Farmer left at 6:44 am on contact patrol on XVII Corps front. Shot down by ground machine gun fire near Fampoux. 13 Sqn BE2e 7089 shelled on ground.
 
20.11.1917 Captain HS Robertson (pilot) WIA & 2Lt WC Davey WIA (DOW 21.11.1917) when 15 Sqn RE8 B5031 hit by 15lb shell at 7:15 am and forced to land.
 
I have a lot of information on Daimler which I can send you if you let me have your e-mail address. Always interested in adding to this...
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Hi Nick, That's terribly exciting. My parents separated when I was three and I never saw my father again. He married again and died in October 1950. I'm having a lovely time researching him and have got loads of stuff on his war career from the National Archives, via Ancestry uk. I have a copy of the receipt from the Harley Street specialist who fitted him with his 'artificial dentures', to replace the 14 teeth he lost in that accident in France, when he was acting as an Official Observer. I also have a precious thing - his Pilot's Log Book when he was with Daimler Airways, operating out of Wadddon Airport, Croydon. The first entry is 31 March, when he was testing a D.H.34, reg. G.EBBQ,and the last 15 November, 1926, for Reserve Training.
I'm not too good at finding my way around forums and it is only by sheer serendipity that I stumbled upon Cross & Cockade. Is there any chance you could contact me direct at my email address, which is jameredith5@gmail.com?
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Hello Jane,
 
I've been researching Harry's life for sometime in connection with his unfortunately briief time with Imperial Airways. you are welcome to all I've gathered - its quite a diverse heap!
 
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Jane,
Further to this :
5 March 1916. BE2c (4307). 4 Squadron. Pilot: Capt GA Burney. Observer : 2Lt HS Robertson. Both unhurt. At 10am when returning from a recce, the engine gave out at 2000ft.  The pilot used pump, but the engine would not pick up. He then turned oil on in mistake for extra petrol and had to make a forced-landing at Argueves. After landing smoothly, the machine ran over a depression full of snow and was thrown on to her nose. The machine was wrecked and struck off charge.

 

9 April 1916. BE2c (2608).  4 Squadron. Artillery Patrol. Pilot: Captain DE Stodart. Obs: 2 Lt HS Robertson.  Both pilot and observer were injured and taken to 26th Field Ambulance Hospital at Baizieux following an accident at Baizieux aerodrome (presumably a take-off or landing crash).  The machine was burnt and struck off charge.

 

Following his injuries in April 1916,  HS Robertson would seem to have returned to the UK for successful pilot training, hence service with 13 & 15 Squadrons.

 
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