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Barry RAFA search for family of local pilot

 

Published 28 August 2014

 

The Barry branch of the Royal Air Forces Association are trying to trace any local relatives of Lieutenant Albert Payne, a member of the Royal Flying Corps whose grave is located in Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery.

 

The Royal Flying Corps was the forerunner of the present Royal Air Force. Second Lieutenant Payne was killed on 13 January 1918 aged 30.  He was the son of George and Susanna Payne.  His father had been a dock labourer in the ever expanding docks in Barry.  Albert was born in Cardiff and the family moved to Pyke Street, Barry at the turn of the century and later moved to Travis Street.  He went to school at Holton Road Council School, Barry Dock.

 

Albert was killed during a “fatal mishap” while in the air in a ferry flight from Hendon to Martlesham Heath.  Engine failure was blamed – a common problem in the early days of flight.  His body was borne to his grave at Merthyr Dyfan on a gun carriage covered in floral wreaths and he was interred with full military honours.  Over 100 men and officers of the Lancashire Fusiliers and RFC were in attendance.

 

Jim Doyle, Branch Vice Chairman of Barry RAFA, says “we are hoping to contact any relatives of Second Lieutenant Payne as we would like to include him in our commemorative events.  If anyone has any information they can contact me on 01446 740971 or lynda.doyle@tiscali.co.uk."