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Name: Harold Alan Hamersley
Military Cross (MC)
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 60
Victories: 13
Born: 06 February 1896
Place of Birth: Guildford, New South Wales
Died: December 1967
Place of Death:  
 
 
A veteran of Gallipoli, Harold Alan Hamersley transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to 60 Squadron in September 1917.  One of several pilots attacked by Werner Voss in an historic dogfight on 23 September 1917, Hamersley's S.E.5a was severely damaged by the German's machine gun fire. Surviving the encounter, Hamersley scored thirteen victories and remained in the Royal Air Force when the war ended.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Harold Alan Hamersley, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion whilst leading his patrol he attacked a formation of six enemy planes. In the ensuing fight he destroyed two of these machines, one falling in flames and the second crashing to earth, and during the same engagement assisted another officer in destroying a third. In addition to these he has destroyed five hostile machines and driven down three out of control. He is a magnificent pilot, displaying at all times an utter disregard of fear.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Sep 1917 1835 60 S.E.5a (A8934) Albatros D.III (DES) S of Houthem
2 22 Sep 1917 1045 60 S.E.5a (B539) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 SE of Zonnebeke
3 21 Oct 1917 1305 60 S.E.5a (B523) Albatros D.V (OOC) Poelcapelle
4 05 Nov 1917 1210 60 S.E.5a (B626) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Westroosebeke
5 08 Nov 1917 1540 60 S.E.5a (B4887) Albatros D.V (DES) Westroosebeke
6 18 Nov 1917 1105 60 S.E.5a (B4887) DFW C (DES) 1 NE of Westroosebeke
7 25 Jan 1918 60 S.E.5a (C5321) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Staden
8 18 Feb 1918 1240 60 S.E.5a (B4887) Fokker DR.I (DES) N of Hadzaeme
9 09 Mar 1918 1135 60 S.E.5a (B4887) Pfalz D.III (DES) Dadizeele
10 18 Mar 1918 1250 60 S.E.5a (C5385) Albatros D.V (DES) Rumbeke
11 30 Mar 1918 1035 60 S.E.5a (C5385) LVG C (DES) Mametz Wood
12 30 Mar 1918 1115 60 S.E.5a (C5385) Albatros D.V (OOC) Fricourt
13 30 Mar 1918 1115 60 S.E.5a (C5385) Albatros D.V (DES) Hem

1 Shared with Robert Chidlaw-Roberts
 
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