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Name: John Rutherford Gordon
Military Cross (MC) John Gordon
Country: Australia
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 62 (RFC)
Victories: 15
Born: 18 June 1895
Place of Birth: Gilberton, South Australia
Died: 11 December 1978
Place of Death:  
 
 
Gordon served with the 10th Battalion at Gallipoli and was commissioned on 4 August 1915. After recovering from typhoid, he joined the Australian Flying Corps in 1917 and became an observer after failing to complete pilot training. On 25 December 1917, he was posted to 62 Squadron and sent to France. In 1918, flying Bristol Fighters as William Staton's observer, Gordon was credited with 15 victories before he was ordered back to the Home Establishment for another go at pilot training. He later served in the Royal Australian Air Force and became a Wing Commander during World War II.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. John Rutherford Gordon, Aust. F.C., attd. R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when, as observer on an offensive patrol, he shot down and destroyed three hostile machines. Previous to this he had shot down two enemy tri-planes, one of which crashed to the ground in flames. He has also effectively and repeatedly scattered massed bodies of enemy troops by accurate shooting from a height of 100 feet. His skill and daring have been of the highest order.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Mar 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 1 Fokker DR.I (DESF)  
2 26 Mar 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 1 EA (DES)  
3 26 Mar 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 1 EA (DES)  
4 26 Mar 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 1 EA (OOC)  
5 01 Apr 1918 1700 62 Bristol F.2b (C4619) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Bouchoir
6 21 Apr 1918 0945 62 Bristol F.2b 1 Fokker DR.I (DES) 2 SE of Estaires
7 03 May 1918 1130 62 Bristol F.2b (C4619) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) S of Armentières
8 03 May 1918 1140 62 Bristol F.2b (C4619) 1 Two-seater (DES) SE of Ploegsteert Wood
9 22 May 1918 0800 62 Bristol F.2b (C874) 1 LVG C (DES) N of Laventie
10 29 May 1918 1915 62 Bristol F.2b (C874) 1 LVG C (OOC) Aubigny
11 30 May 1918 1345 62 Bristol F.2b (C874) 1 Two-seater (OOC) Arras-Cambrai
12 02 Jun 1918 1945 62 Bristol F.2b (C874) 1 Fokker DR.I (DES) S of Pozières
13 05 Jun 1918 1645 62 Bristol F.2b (C874) 1 Pfalz D.III (DESF) Douai
14 05 Jun 1918 1650 62 Bristol F.2b (C874) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) NW of Douai
15 08 Jun 1918 1745 62 Bristol F.2b (C874) 1 Pfalz D.III (OOC) SE of Bray

1 Pilot William Staton
2 Shared with Thomas Purdom & Lt Percival Chambers
 
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