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1 CobbyArthur HenryCapt
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

DFC and 2 Bars
AustraliaAlliesPilot29 [28+1] (5 balloons) (27 kills+2 Lost Control) 71Sqd RFC, 4Sqd AFCRFC & AFC11/11/1955 Camel ace, 1918. AFC best scorer. Shores

2 CollishawRaymondMaj
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Distinguished Service Order (DSO) & Bar
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Mentioned in Despatches (4)

Order of St. Anna, 2nd Class with Swords (Russia)

Croix de Guerre (France)
CanadaAlliesPilot60 [56+4] (29 kills+31 Lost Control WWI) 3 Sqd (N), 10 Sqd (N), 13 Sqd (N), 203 Sqd, 47 Sqd RNAS & RAF 28 September 1976, West Vancouver, Canada Top Royal Naval Air Service ace, Triplane, Camel, 1917-18. Russia, 1919. Distinguished WW2 service Shores (other sources 73; 0 Russia)

3 CompstonRobert John OrtonMaj
DSC and 2 Bars

Great BritainAlliesPilot25 [13+12] (8 kills+17 Lost Control) 8 Sqd (N), 40 SqdRNAS & RAF Triplane and Camel ace, 1917-18. Wing Commander Robert John Orton Compston DSC & 2 Bars DFC (9 January 1898 – 28 January 1962) was an English fighter pilot credited with 25 victories during World War I. He was one of only seven airman in this war who won three awards of the Distinguished Service Cross.

Robert John Orton Compston was born in Farnham, Surrey the son of Herbert Fuller Bright Compston, a clergyman, and his wife Rose Contance Compston (née Orton). He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915 when he was 17 years old. He originally flew Home Defense missions, but was reassigned to 8 Naval Squadron when it went to France. He was a close friend of ace Robert Little.

Compston served in the Royal Air Force in the Second World War. On the 13 August 1940, while based at RAF Detling, the airfield came under attack by the Luftwaffe. It was the first major effort of the Germans during the Battle of Britain. Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers devastated the station and Squadron Leader Compston was wounded in action; one of 42 wounded and 24 killed. He retired from the RAFVR in 1954 with the rank of wing commander.

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Citation DSC: 12 May 1917 Flight Lieutenant Robert John Orton Compston, R.N.A.S. was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC): "For conspicuous skill and gallantry during the past nine months, in particular when attached to the Royal Flying Corps, when he had numerous engagements with enemy aircraft, and certainly destroyed one."
Citation DSC: 11 August 1917 Flight Commander Robert John Orton Compston, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. was awarded a bar to his Distinguished Servrtillery aeroplanes: "On the 12th June, 1917, with three other machines, he attacked six hostile scouts. He got close to one, and shot it down out of control. "On the 16th June, 1917, he attacked and brought down a two-seater Aviatik. "On the 3rd July, 1917, he attacked two Aviatiks, which he drove down and forced to land."
Citation DSC: On 16 March 1918 Flight Commander Robert John Orton Compston, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. was awarded a second bar to his Distinguished Service Cross (DSC): "For ability and determination when leading offensive patrols, in which he displays entire disregard of personal danger. "On the 1st January, 1918, he observed a new type twin-tailed two-seater enemy machine, which he attacked, firing a good many rounds at point blank range. The enemy machine dived, but was again attacked and went down vertically with his engine full on. The wings came off, and the machine was observed to crash. Later in the day Flt. Cdr. Compston observed two formations of ten and five Albatross scouts respectively. He attacked one of the enemy machines and sent it down in a flat spin and falling over sideways completely out of control. "On numerous other occasions Flt. Cdr. Compston has destroyed or driven down enemy machines completely out of control, and has frequently had more than one successful engagement in the same day."
Citation DFC: 3 June 1918 Captain Robert John Orton, DSC was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on the occasion of the King's Birthday for Distinguished Service

4 EnstoneAlbert JamesCapt
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Distinguished Flying Cross

Distinguished Service Cross
Great BritainAlliesPilot15 [13+2] (11 kills,4Lost Control,11 driven to ground) 4 Sqd (N), 204 SqdRNAS & RAF Pup, Camel ace, 1917-18. English WWI fighter ace, Albert James "Jim" Enstone was born 25/8 1895. Enstone joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 3 April 1916 with the rank of temporary probationary flight sub-lieutenant. He gave a permanent home address in Birmingham, and his next of kin as his mother, Mrs. J. E. Enstone. He learned to fly at Cranwell; He seems to have showed early promise, as he was appointed as an acting flight commander during training. He graduated on 15 September 1916 with Royal Aero Club certificate 3677. Enstone was confirmed in his rank as flight sub-lieutenant on 8 November 1916; he had already been appointed an acting flight lieutenant as early as 10 April 1916. He was one of the founding members of 4 Naval Squadron in April 1917; it was stationed at Bray Dunes on the Franco-Belgian border, and was tasked with both flying offensive patrols and escorting RNAS bombing missions. He used a Sopwith Pup to counter German probes over the English Channel. Enstone destroyed four enemy aircraft near or over the English Channel between 9 May and 5 June 1917, including one kill shared with Arnold Jacques Chadwick. His second victory, scored on 9 May, forecast his later citation for valour; Naval 4 battled a large opposing force of German Albatroses for 25 minutes, with Alexander MacDonald Shook and Langley Frank Willard Smith joining Enstone in victory. After he and his squadron upgraded to Sopwith Camels, Enstone used his new mount to down three more German aircraft in July 1917, including an effort against a seaplane teamed with Chadwick and Ronald M. Keirstead. The new ace would go on to push his victory total to 10 for 1917. Between his ninth and tenth wins, on 1 October 1917, Enstone was promoted from temporary flight sub-lieutenant to temporary flight lieutenant. He also won the Distinguished Service Cross during this string of victories. Enstone continued to win throughout the first half of 1918. When the RNAS was consolidated into the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918, his position as flight commander automatically gained him the rank of captain. In August 1918, he was relieved of combat duty and returned to Home Establishment in England. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during this period.
Citation DSC: Flight Commander Alexander MacDonald Shook R.N.A.S. Flight Lieutenant Arnold Jacques Chadwick R.N.A.S (since reported drowned) Flight Sub-Lieutenant Albert James Enstone, R.N.A.S. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Langley Frank Willard Smith R.N.A.S. (since reported missing) For exceptional gallantry and remarkable skill and courage whilst serving with the R.N.A.S. at Dunkirk during May and June, 1917, in repeatedly attacking and destroying hostile aircraft.
Citation DFC: Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Capt. Albert James Enstone, D.S.C. (Sea Patrol). Has been engaged for eighteen months on active service flying (ten months as Flight Leader). Has destroyed twelve hostile machines and brought down six more out of control. During the past month Capt. Enstone attacked an enemy gun, which was firing on one of our crashed machines, and succeeded in blowing up the ammunition dump alongside the gun, causing a great explosion, with flames reaching to a height of nearly 300 feet.
Shores (Other sources 18 victories)

5 FallJoseph Stewart Temple 'Joe'FCdr
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) & 2 Bars

CanadaAlliesPilot36 [21+15] (23 kills+13 Lost Control) 3 Sqd (N), 4 Sqd (N), 9 Sqd (N)RNASPup and Camel ace, 1917.Shores
6 HickeyCharles Robert ReeveCapt
DFC and Bar
CanadaAlliesPilot21 [17+4] (11 kills+10 Lost Control) RNAS 4 Sqd; RAF 204 SqdRAF03/10/1918Camel ace, 1917-18. KIFA.Shores
7 JordanWilliam LancelotCapt
DSC and Bar

Great BritainAlliesPilot39 [20+19] (11 kills+28 Lost Control) 8Sqd RNAS, 208Sqd RAFRAFCamel ace, 1917-18.Shores
8 KingElwin Roy 'Bow'Capt
AustraliaAlliesPilot26 [23+3] (4 balloons)(20 kills+6 Lost Control) 4 SqdAustralian Flying Corps28 November 1941 King joined 4 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps. He scored some 22 of his 26 victories in the final seven months of the war alone. Seven of these were achieved while flying the Sopwith Snipe, making him the highest scoring pilot to use the aircraft. Won DFC September 1918 and mentioned in despatches

No. 4 Squadron was operating its Sopwith Camels in hazardous, low-altitude support of Australian ground troops when King arrived in France, and he had little opportunity for air-to-air combat. The burly 6-foot-5-inch (196 cm) King—nicknamed "Bo", "Beau", or "Bow"—also had problems landing the Camel; crammed into its small cockpit, his large frame impeded control stick movement. The resulting rough landings annoyed his commanding officer, Major Wilfred McCloughry, brother of ace Edgar McCloughry.

On 16 August 1918, King participated in a major assault against the German airfield at Haubourdin, near Lille, that resulted in thirty-seven enemy aircraft being destroyed on the ground. During the action, described by the official history as a "riot of destruction", King set on fire a hangar housing four or five German planes. He also, according to No. 2 Squadron pilot Charles Copp, flew down Haubourdin's main street, waving as he went, his reason being that "the girls in that village must have had a heck of a time with all that bombing and must have been terribly scared so I thought I'd cheer them up a bit".

During October 1918, King converted with the rest of No. 4 Squadron to the upgraded Sopwith Snipe, whose larger cockpit was a better fit for him. He scored with the Snipe on both 28 and 29 October, the latter over Tournai, in what is frequently described as "one of the greatest air battles of the war". At Tournai, amid a confrontation involving over seventy-five Allied and German fighters, King evaded five enemy Fokkers that dived on him, before destroying an LVG in a head-on attack. His tally of seven victories with the Snipe in the closing days of the war made him the highest-scoring pilot in this type.

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9 KingCecil FrederickCapt
Military Cross


Croix de Guerre
Great BritainAlliesPilot22 [15+7] (10 kills+12 Lost Control) 43 SqdRFC & RAF24/01/1919 Camel ace, 1917-18, Snipe. KIFA. Shores (Other sources 20 victories)
10 Maye (name is May. See explanation in Search Tips) Wilfred Reid 'Wop'Capt

CanadaAlliesPilot13 [10+3] (9 kills+4 Lost Control) 209 SqdRAF1952-06-21 Camel ace, 1918. OBE DFC (Born 1896-03-20), was a Canadian flying ace in the First World War and a leading post-war aviator. He was the final Allied pilot to be pursued by Manfred von Richthofen before the German ace was shot down on the Western Front in 1918. After the war, May returned to Canada, pioneering the role of a bush pilot while working for Canadian Airways in Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Went on to become one of the most famous Canadian aviation pioneers and bush pilots, noted for his innovative mind and great perseverance in the face of adversity. Shores. Wikipedia

11 McCloughryEdgar James KingstonCapt

DFC and Bar
AustraliaAlliesPilot21 (4 balloons)(20 kills+1 Lost Control) 23 Sqd RFC; 4 Sqd AFCRFC & AFC15 November 1972 Camel ace, 1918. Australian WWI fighter ace, Edgar James Kingston McCloughry was born 10/9 1896. He authored 2 books: Direction of War A Critique of the Political Direction and High Command in War; E.J. Kingston McCloughry / Hardcover / New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1958 Defense Policy and Strategy E.J. Kingston McCloughry / Hardcover / New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1960 More:
Citation DFC: Lieut. (T./Capt.) Edgar James McClaughry (Australian Flying Corps). Early one morning this officer left the ground, and, meeting an enemy two-seater ten miles over the lines, he engaged and destroyed it. He was immediately attacked by five scouts; these he out-manoeuvred, destroying one and driving the remainder down. He is a determined and successful scout leader, who in recent operations has accounted for nine enemy machines, in addition to three others and one balloon when serving with another squadron.
Citation DFC Bar: Lt. (T./Capt.) Edgar James McClaughry, D.F.C. (Australian Flying Corps). In the short space of one month this officer has destroyed ten enemy aeroplanes and balloons. He has organised and carried out numerous raids on the enemy, frequently at very low altitudes. Altogether he has destroyed fifteen aeroplanes and four balloons. Early one morning he crossed our lines to attack a balloon which he had previously located. As soon as daylight allowed he dived and opened fire on the balloon, which was on the ground, descending to within fifty feet of it. The balloon burst into flames. He then attacked some horse transport, dropping bombs and firing, some 300 rounds at 1,500 feet altitude.
Citation DSO: Capt. Edgar James McClaughry, D.F.C. (Australian F.C.). (FRANCE) A bold and fearless officer, who has performed many gallant deeds of daring, notably on 24th September, when, attacking a train at 250 feet altitude, he obtained a direct hit, cutting it in two, the rear portion being derailed. He then fired a number of rounds at the fore portion, which pulled up. Sighting a hostile two-seater he engaged it and drove it down. Proceeding home he observed seven Fokker biplanes; although he had expended the greater part of his ammunition, Captain McClaughry never hesitated, but engaged the leader. During the combat that ensued he was severely wounded by fire from a scout that attacked him from behind; turning, he drove this machine off badly damaged. His ammunition being now expended he endeavoured to drive off two hostile scouts by firing Very lights at them. Exhausted by his exertions, he temporarily lost consciousness, but recovered sufficiently to land his machine safely. This officer has destroyed fourteen machines and four balloons, and has repeatedly displayed an utter disregard for danger in attacking ground targets.
Shores (Other sources 23)

12 McEwenClifford MackayLt
Military Cross

DFC and Bar

Medal Military Valour
CanadaAlliesPilot27 [25+2] (23 kills+4 Lost Control) 28 SqdRAF Camel ace, Italy, 1917-18. RCAF WWII. Shores
13 RochfordLeonard Henry 'Titch'Capt
DSC and Bar

DFC and Bar
Great BritainAlliesPilot29 [17+12] (13 kills+16 Lost Control) 3 Sq (N), 203 SqdRNAS & RAF17 December 1986 Pup, Camel ace, 1917-18. Leonard Henry ('Tich') Rochford DSC & Bar, DFC (10 November 1896 – 17 December 1986) was a British World War I Flying Ace with 29 credited victories, consisting of 13 destroyed enemy craft (including 7 shared), and 16 driven down out of control (including 5 shared). Shores
14 RosevearStanley WallaceCapt
DSC and Bar

CanadaAlliesPilot25 [23+2] (17 kills+8 Lost Control) RNAS 1 Sqd (N), RAF 201 SqdRNAS & RAF25/04/1918 Triplane and Camel ace, 1917-18. KIFA. Shores
15 ThomsonGeorge EdwinCapt

Military Cross

Great Britain ScotlandAlliesPilot21 [17+4] (6 kills+15 Lost Control) 46 SqdRFC23/05/1918 Pup, 1917; Camel ace, 1918. KIFA. Shores (Other Sources 14)
16 WhealyArthur TreloarCapt
DSC and Bar

CanadaAlliesPilot27 [21+6] (17 kills+10 Lost Control) 3 Sqd, 9 Sqd RNAS, 203 Sqd RAFRNAS & RAF Pup, Triplane, Camel ace, 1917-18. Shores
17 WhistlerHarold Alfred 'Willy'Capt

DFC and Bar
Great BritainAlliesPilot23 (1 balloon)(14 kills+9 Lost Control) 3 Sqd, 80 SqdRFC & RAFCamel ace, 1918.Shores
18 WhiteJoseph Leonard MarieCapt
DFC and Bar

Belgium Croix de Guerre
CanadaAlliesPilot22 [20+2] (12 kills+10 Lost Control) 65 SqdRAF24/02/1925Camel ace, 1918. KIFA.Shores (Other sources 31)
19 HayneEdwin Tufnell

South AfricaAlliesPilot153 Sqd, 203 SqdRNAS28 April 1919 South African WWI fighter ace, Edwin Tufnell Hayne was born 28/5 1895. A Sopwith Camel pilot, Edwin Tufnell Hayne joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1916. Posted to 3 Naval Squadron (later 203 Squadron) in 1917, he scored his first victory in August, shooting down an Albatros D.V south of Middelkerke. In 1919, Hayne was killed in a crash while flying a Bristol Fighter. Living in Johannesburg, South Africa, before the war; attended King Edward VII School, at Johannesburg.
Citation DSC: Flt. Sub-Lieut, (now Flt. Lieut.) Edwin Tufnell Hayne, RNAS In recognition of his services with a Wing of the RNAS at Dunkirk between March and September, 1917. He has had numerous engagements with enemy aircraft and on the 16th August, 1917, attacked an enemy aerodrome and placed a whole flight of machines out of action by machine-gun fire. During a flight of over two hours, during which time he attacked transport and railways, he never exceeded a height of 1,000 feet.
Citation DFC: Lieut. (Hon. Capt.) Edwin Tufnell Hayne, DSC (late RNAS.). During the recent enemy offensive this officer carried out forty-eight special missions. Flying at extremely low altitudes he has inflicted heavy casualties on massed troops and transport. In addition he has accounted for ten enemy machines, destroying three and driving down seven out of control; in these encounters he has never hesitated to engage the enemy, however superior in numbers. On one occasion he observed ten hostile aeroplanes harassing three Dolphines; he attacked three of the enemy, driving one down in flames.

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