Applin, Richard


Name recorded on the Bitterne War Memorial and the Southampton Cenotaph
His name was also found in the Highfield School headteachers log listed as an old boy, lost during World War 1. See Highfield School Roll of Honour.

Other Information

Richard Applin was a Second Lieutenant, with the 19th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and General List. On the Highfield School Roll of Honour he was serving in the Inns of Court, OTC.

Richard Applin married Margaret Hannah Brown, Oct-Dec 1916, Southampton, Vol. 2c, page 18.

His medal card showed that he went missing in action on 29 April 1917 and declared deceased. His next of kin was Mrs R. Applin (widow), Common Road, Chandlers Ford, Southampton. His address for probate was given as 27 Westridge Road, Southampton.

He was the pilot of the 49th plane downed by the Red Baron, Manfred von Richtofen and the incident is recalled in his autobiography. It took place on a day now nicknamed “Bloody Sunday” as the Baron and his brother shot down 6 British planes over Arras. 2nd Lt. Applin was the first that day. His plane had already been damaged by the Baron but in a second attack the wings broke off and the plane, on fire, fell into the ground.

He was 22 when he died.

He was flying a Spad VII, a single seater, fighter bi-plane, said to one of the best fighters in World War 1. The UK had 185 of these aircraft.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission indicate that there is no known grave. He is commemorated on ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

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