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Name: Eric Douglas Cummings
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Unit: 2 (AFC)
Victories: 9
Born: 13 April 1896
Place of Birth: Franklin, Tasmania
Place of Death:  
After serving with the Australian Army Service Corps, Cummings transferred to the Australian Flying Corps and was assigned to 2 Squadron in 1918. As an S.E.5a pilot, he scored his first victory on 3 May 1918, shooting down a Fokker DR.I near Meteren. In retaliation, four triplanes attacked Cummings and shot him down near his own lines. He survived a crash landing in no-man's-land, was rescued by the Australian infantry and went on to score 8 more victories before the war ended.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (A./Capt.) Eric Douglas Cummings, (Australian F.C.). (FRANCE)
   This officer has proved himself an able and determined leader of offensive patrols. In carrying out these raids he has met with conspicuous success, heavy damage being inflicted on enemy material and personnel. This has been due in the main to his brilliant leadership and skilful navigation. Capt. Cummings possesses, in a marked degree, courage, combined with cool judgment.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 03 May 1918 1130 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (B168) Fokker DR.I (DES) Meteren
2 01 Jun 1918 0900 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (B195) Pfalz D.III (DES) E of Pozières
3 31 Jul 1918 1115 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6473) LVG C (DESF) E of Laventie
4 31 Jul 1918 1115 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6473) LVG C (OOC) Merville
5 15 Sep 1918 1720 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6473) Albatros C (DES) 1 W of Macquart
6 14 Oct 1918 1010 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6473) Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Cysoing
7 14 Oct 1918 1015 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6473) Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Grusan
8 14 Oct 1918 1020 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6473) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Hertain
9 01 Nov 1918 1415 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6473) LVG C (OOC) 1 Antoing

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