LOTT, Charles Wilfred

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Toronto, Ontario
Regimental Number
Flight Lieutenant
Date of Death
Age at Death
21 years 11 months
Biographical Summary

RANK:                                Flight Sub Lieutenant
SQUADRON UNIT:          Kalafrana Seaplane Station
                                             Royal Naval Air Service
SERVICE NO:                   490817
RESIDENCE:                    Brussels - Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH:            July 27, 1896
                                             Brussels – Grey / Morris Townships – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH:           July 20, 1918                       21 years     11 months
CEMETERY:                    Pieta Military Cemetery – Valetta – 
                                             B     XIX     2
PARENTS                          Mr. George & Mary Lott – Wingham – Ontario
Occupation:                        Student                                 Religion:     Methodist
Enlistment:                         June 16, 1916 - Toronto
Enlistment Age:                 19 years     10 months

In June of 1916, while attending the University of Toronto, Charles enlisted with the University of Toronto Training Corps. Flight Lieutenant Lott went overseas during March of 1917, with a draft from the University Training Company but upon his arrival in England he joined the Air Service.
He is listed on the Honour Roll of Ontario Teachers and had achieved his Second Class Teaching Certificate and prior to enlistment was a student at the Stratford Normal School. He was with the University of Toronto Training Corps.
Lieutenant Lott lost his life while performing his duties in battle in the Malta Theatre. Lieutenant Lott was a seaplane pilot at Kalafrana in Malta when his aircraft crashed and he drowned. He was flying a Sopwith Dolphin scout machine B6871. He had graduated from the Royal Navy’s Lee on Solet Seaplane School in October of 1917.
The roles and missions of the Royal Naval Air Service was “direct field support” operations, fleet reconnaissance, patrolling for enemy ships and submarines and attacking the coastal areas of the enemy.
Wing 6 was originally formed to patrol the Adriatic but then it expanded to Malta. They flew with the letters 
“A to G” and “Z”.
RAF Kalafrana was a seaplane operations centre from 1917 to war’s end and beyond.
The Sopwith Dolphin came with noted stalling characteristics mainly from the design of the tail. This aircraft was also noted for a “nose over” accidents where the nose flips up and over landing square on the head and shoulders of the pilot. Either a “stall” or a “noseover” in all likelihood took the life of Lieutenant Lott.