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Name: Frank Alberry
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Country: Australia
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Australian Flying Corps
Units: 2 (AFC)
Victories: 7
Born: 29 September 1892
Place of Birth: Hobart, Tasmania
Died: 1969
Place of Death:  
 
 
A labourer from Bairnsdale, Victoria, Frank Alberry enlisted in the Welsh Regiment at Liverpool, England on 24 August 1914. Whilst serving with the 8th Battalion of the Australian infantry, Sergeant Alberry's right leg was amputated above the knee after he was wounded at the battle of Pozières in July 1916. For his actions that day, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Recovering from his wounds, he petitioned King George for a transfer to the flying corps and began his training in the summer of 1917. Posted to 2 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps on 16 June 1918, Alberry was wounded again on 13 August 1918. By the end of the war he claimed two Fokker DR.Is and five Fokker D.VIIs flying the S.E.5a. He was discharged on 6 March 1919.
 
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
    For conspicuous gallantry in action. He controlled four machine guns with great skill and determination, and did fine work with them throughout. He was wounded while being relieved from holding a strong post, and has since lost his leg.
Commonwealth Gazette, No. 62, 19 April 1917
 
Victories
# Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Sep 1918 0730 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6995) Fokker D.VII (DES) NW of Lille
2 17 Sep 1918 1020 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6995) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Lille
3 17 Sep 1918 1020 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6995) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Lille
4 18 Oct 1918 1230 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6995) Fokker D.VII (OOC) N of Tournai
5 28 Oct 1918 1120 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6995) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Bandour
6 28 Oct 1918 1120 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6995) Fokker D.VII (DES) Bandour
7 04 Nov 1918 1310 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6995) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Houtaing
 
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