Do you believe? Eerie

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Desmond Arthur was born in County Clare, Ireland back in 1884 to Thomas and Helen. Educated at Portora Royal School in Enniskillen afterwards he joined the 5th Battalion Royal Muster Fusiliers being promoted to Lieutenant in 1911.   In 1912 he joined the Royal Flying Corps, the first of its kind in Britain.

In 1913 he was coming in for a landing in the B.E. 2 biplane at 2,500 feet when the right wing of the aircraft snapped off and plunged to the ground. Desmond was found about 160 feet from his aircraft. His death was the first one in the Royal Flying Corps. An investigation determined that an incompetent repair of a broken spur caused the aircraft to break apart. Now for the eerie part, are you ready??? Her we go..

In the Autumn of 1916 Major Cyril Foggin first saw it in the officer’s mess. There were other sightings by other officers. Of course, I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now but what they saw was a ghostly figure. The fear spread causing guards to desert their posts and pilots to transfer. A later investigation as to the cause of the crash determined it was not due to any pilot error but to the original report of a faulty spur. The figure appeared once again in 1917 after the final investigation. That is until 1940 when a Hurricane pilot was distracted by a “mysterious biplane”. The figure was seen from time to time throughout the 40’s and once during 1950. The last sighting was in 1963 when he saw what he believed was a 70-horsepower B.E. 2 biplane, the pilot was wearing a leather flying helmet, goggles and a flying scarf.

So who is up for a trip to Montrose, Scotland?

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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I am sure he is with the Lockness Monster for lunch.

Feb 27, 2017 04:50 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I'm not buying any of it.... but it was fun to read...

Feb 27, 2017 05:01 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In that case I would be like the Cowardly Lion, "I do believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do.

Feb 27, 2017 05:05 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Throw in a couple bottles of single mash Scotch and I'll accompany you.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 27, 2017 05:05 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

I think it makes for good reading and a wonderful story but like Barbara Todaro I'm not buying any of it! Thanks for the fun post this morning.

Feb 27, 2017 05:08 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi James.  Old pilots don't really die, they hand around to torment all those that came later.

Feb 27, 2017 05:33 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I believe in these things and would never discredit the story.

Feb 27, 2017 05:34 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

None of us knows for sure what happens in the great beyond. No matter what, a great story will always be a great story! Thanks for sharing this one. 

Feb 27, 2017 05:52 AM #8
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I wouldn't mind the trip but I don't believe in ghosts and wouldn't spend any time looking for them.

Feb 27, 2017 05:57 AM #9
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

I want to go. Probably would give me a heart attack if I ever saw him but the adventure would be worth it.

Feb 27, 2017 07:02 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I don't believe or disbelieve in ghosts.  I'm open to it.  

Feb 27, 2017 11:33 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am not surprised.  When TWA was around, they replaced a part on a plane from the crashed plane in Scotland.  Attendants on the plane with the replaced part in the galley area could feel the haunting of sad people and the fear of crashing.  It was reported so many times, that TWA finally removed the part.  I met one of the attendants and she verified that story.  By the way, our cousin missed that flight because of LA traffic, she was off to Paris.  A

Feb 27, 2017 11:45 AM #12
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Very interesting story. I am open to believing in the Spirit world, James Dray

Feb 27, 2017 06:20 PM #13
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

As a pilot myself there are many times when we see something unusual up there. I too admit I have but never a B.E.2

Feb 28, 2017 06:26 AM #14
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


That is an interesting and eerie story.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 28, 2017 05:50 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

That's a pretty eerie story. How can one discount all these sightings?


Mar 01, 2017 08:10 AM #16
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Unexplainable things happen. I do believe this story, and I find it very interesting. 

Mar 01, 2017 03:31 PM #17
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I think I may have a problem I can't seem to stop spending free time reading the just for fun blogs.. I enjoy them all a little too much maybe 

Feb 08, 2018 06:57 PM #18
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