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Name: Garfield Finlay
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Australia
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Unit: 1 (AFC)
Victories: 8
Born: 07 September 1893
Place of Birth: Glebe, New South Wales
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
A labourer from Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Garfield Finlay enlisted on 22 January 1915. After serving with the 12th Light Horse Regiment, he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps. As an observer with 1 Squadron, he scored eight victories before receiving pilot training toward the end of the war. He returned to Australia on 5 March 1919. During World War II he was a Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. (A./Capt.) Allan Runciman Brown (Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
Lieut. Garfield Finlay (Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
   On 22nd August Capt. Brown, with Lieut. Finlay as his observer, attacked an enemy two-seater, forcing it to land in our lines. On four other occasions these officers have engaged and destroyed enemy aircraft, displaying marked gallantry and skill. In addition, they have rendered most valuable service in attacking enemy cavalry, anti-aircraft guns and other ground targets, inflicting heavy loss."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Nov 1917 0830 1 (AFC) R.E.8 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) SW of Samaria
2 27 Mar 1918 0710 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b 2 AEG C (FTL/DES) 3 Kissir, S of Amman
3 03 May 1918 0700 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1149) 4 Two-seater (FTL/DES) 5 SW Suweilah
4 09 May 1918 1515 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (C4623) 6 Rumpler C (FTL/DES) Jenin
5 27 Jun 1918 0645 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1149) 4 AEG C (DES) El Kutrani
6 28 Jun 1918 0630 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1149) 7 Albatros D.V (DESF) Amman
u/c 03 Jul 1918 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b 4 AEG C Lubban
7 28 Jul 1918 1200 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1284) 4 Rumpler C (FTL/DES) 8 N of Wadi Fareh
8 22 Aug 1918 1315 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b 4 LVG C (CAP) Ramleh

1 Pilot Lt R A Austin
2 Pilot Lt J M Walker
3 Shared with Capt D W Rutherford & Lt J McElligott
4 Pilot Allan Brown
5 Shared with Lt G V Oxenham & Lt H A Leach (B1225)
6 Pilot George Peters
7 Pilot Lt S A Nunan
7 Shared with Carrick Paul & William Weir
 
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