The story of Captain William Allcock RFC
No 40 Squadron RFC, May-June 1917
At the end of May 1917 Captain Allcock was appointed to 40 Sqn based at Bruay, France. CO Maj. A W Keen. The Squadron was equipped with Nieuport 17 Fighters. Allcock joined the squadron in the period leading up to the Battle of Messines (7 June). Briefly therefore he was a contemporary of Edward (Mick) Mannock who achieved his first victory with 40 Sqn on 7 June 1917.
Nieuport 17, Picture public domain.
Editor's note: The following RFC Communiqué (Comic cuts) notes an action by Capt. Allcock on June 1st.
Captain Allcock departed at 7.22 pm on offensive patrol flying a Nieuport 17 (B1548) and did not return. He was posted MIA then KIA. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Flying Memorial.
Major Mannock is also commemorated on the Arras Flying Memorial having been shot down in July 1918 - the highest scoring British Ace of the war.
" Mentioned in Despatches."
Captain Allcock was mentioned by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig in
his despatch of 7 November 1917 listing names of those
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