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Name: Adrian Trevor "King" Cole
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Adrian Cole
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Royal Flying Corps
Units: 1, 2 (AFC)
67 (RFC)
Victories: 10
Born: 19 June 1895
Place of Birth: Malvern, Victoria
Died: 1965-66
Place of Death:  
 
 
After joining the Australian Flying Corps, Cole was posted to 67 Squadron in 1917. In Egypt, he gained aerial combat experience flying the Martinsyde Elephant and Bristol Fighter. In the summer of 1918, he was reassigned to 2 Squadron in France where he scored 10 victories as an S.E.5a flight commander. When the war ended, Cole remained in military aviation, serving with the Royal Australian Air Force until his retirement as an Air Vice-Marshal following World War II.
 
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Adrian Trevor Cole, Flying Corps.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. With another officer he attacked and disorganised six enemy machines that were about to attack our cavalry with bombs. The engagement was continued until all six machines were forced to return to their lines. His skill and courage on all occasions have been worthy of the greatest praise.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. Adrian Trevor Cole, M.C. (Commonwealth Mil. Forces and Australian F.C.). (FRANCE)
   On 7th October this officer carried out a most successful flying raid on enemy railway lines and stations. The success of the attack was largely owing to his cool and determined leadership, and our freedom from casualties was mainly due to the methodical manner in which he collected and reorganised the machines after the raid. He himself displayed marked initiative and courage in attacking troops and other objectives. Since May Capt. Cole has destroyed four hostile machines.
 
Victories
  Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Jun 1918 1930 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D3962) Fokker DR.I (DES) Estrées
2 02 Jun 1918 1905 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D3962) Pfalz D.III (DES) Clery
3 17 Jul 1918 1730 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C1934) Fokker DR.I (DESF)  1 Armentières
4 07 Aug 1918 0630 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C1934) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Herrin
5 14 Aug 1918 1940 2 (AFC) S.E.5a Rumpler C (DES) Wavrin
6 19 Aug 1918 0950 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6948) Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Habourdin
7 19 Aug 1918 1000 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6948) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Epinoy
8 25 Aug 1918 1130 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6948) DFW C (DES)  2 Epinoy
9 25 Sep 1918 1835 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6964) Pfalz D.III (DES) Habourdin-Perenchies
10 28 Oct 1918 1120 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6964) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Peruwelz

1 Shared with Capt Charles Stone
2 Shared with Capt James Wellwood
 
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