Death of Hippolyte

18 Dec 1930. Death of Hippolyte Paul Bayetto, aged 66y. Buried with his son.

“I had a friend, Wing Commander Willie Fry, who knew Lt T P H Bayetto. Willie gave me the information which I used in a caption for a photograph of your great uncle in an old booklet of mine: British Fighter Units Western Front 1914-1916 which was published by Osprey in 1978. If you go on the web I think you’ll find there are still copies avaliable. The caption reads: ‘A popular officer in the RFC was Lt. T.P.H Bayetto… Bayetto’s father was head chef at one of London’s leading hotels and was always happy to give any RFC friends of his son a good meal free of charge’“. Alex Revell

Tone Bayetto RIP

28 July 1918. Tone died following a crash while flying Sopwith Dolphin III E4449 (with 200HS engine) at Beaulieu Airfield, East Boldre. 

“One wing folded at 2000ft during aerobatics exhibition and dived straight into ground. Capt TPH Bayetto killed.“ [RAFM 264819].

He flew a bright red Sopwith Dolphin which had all its flying and landing wires specially tensioned for aerobatics. He was in the habit of flying over to his girl friend’s house for tea every Sunday and one evening on his return he enjoyed his usual stunting over our Airfield before coming in. It was a sickening experience to see one of his lower wings fold up whilst he was performing a flick roll, the aircraft crashing from about 1500 feet. He was a wonderful person and admired by the whole Squadron. I and another great friend of his named Storrs were pall-bearers and took his body to the train at Brockenhurst. [Personal account by Flight Cadet Eric Foster p154 From Forest Field to Western Front].

This was one of 200 planes (E4424-E4623] manufactured by Sopwith under British Req. no. 323 & contract no. AS3294 of 6 April 1918 [Windsock datafile 54] and it was a new plane: “First Flew 20.06.18 with Flying Hours: 10” [AIR 1/984].

A similar Sopwith Dolphin to the one that Tone was killed while flying
Tones death certificate

Transfer to 29 Training Depot Station

Tone’s final transfer was to the newly formed No. 29 Training Depot Station which was also located at East Boldre. [No. 29 TDS was formed on on 27th July 1918 when No. 1 TS and No. 73 TS, which had arrived at East Boldre from Turnhouse on 20th February 1918, were merged – http://www.eastboldre.org/airfieldhistoryww1.html].

Medical Board, 17 April

Final Medical Board examination in Hampstead. Noted: “He has absolutely recovered. Fit in every way. No headaches, sleeping well …. very keen to fly again.” Considered fit for light duty flying duties. Flying pay resumed. [WO 339/56618]

Transfer to No.70 Training Squadron

41 March 1018. Tone transferred to No. 70 Training Squadron which was also located at Beaulieu Aerodrome, East Boldre. “Fit…No flying” [AIR/76/29].

Note: 70 TS had moved to Beaulieu from Gosport on 1 January 1818 and remained there until 27th July 1918 when it relocated to Weston-on-the-Green. [http://www.eastboldre.org/airfieldhistoryww1.html]