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Name: Allan Hepburn
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 40, 88
Victories: 16
Born: 11 October 1896
Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria
Died: 21 July 1975
Place of Death:  
 
 
Having served in the trenches of France during 1916, Allan Hepburn joined the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to 24 Squadron in the summer of 1917. Flying the D.H.5, he scored no victories and continued flying despite wounds received in action on 26 October 1917. In mid-November, he joined 40 Squadron as Edward Mannock's replacement but was soon injured in a crash and sent back to England for treatment. In April 1918, Hepburn returned to duty and was posted to 88 Squadron as commander of A Flight. Flying Bristol Fighters, he and his observers claimed 16 victories before the Armistice was signed. Post-war, Hepburn returned to Australia where he joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1921 and attained the rank of Wing Commander.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (A./Capt.) Allan Hepburn. (FRANCE)
   On 12th October this officer made a very fine flight, calling for courage and determination of a high order. Thick clouds were within 200 feet of the ground and the visibility was so bad that practically no flying was attempted. Despite these adverse conditions this officer volunteered to cross the lines. Climbing through the clouds, which were several thousand feet in depth, he flew above them, guided by compass, with no view of the ground. Continuing his flight until he estimated that he was in the vicinity of a certain objective, he descended, and found himself 150 feet over an enemy railway station. Dropping his bombs, he destroyed a passenger train, and afterwards engaged enemy troops and transport with machine-gun fire. Having caused considerable damage, Captain Hepburn climbed through the clouds and found his way home.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 17 May 1918 0745 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Middelkerke
2 31 May 1918 1950 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Ostend
3 02 Jun 1918 1935 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 2 Albatros D.V (DESF) Middelkerke-Ostend
4 29 Jul 1918 1830 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 3 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Bois Grenier
5 31 Jul 1918 1200 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 3 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Zelobes
6 29 Aug 1918 0815 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 4 Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Lille
7 01 Sep 1918 1910 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 3 Fokker D.VII (DESF) E of Becelaere
8 05 Sep 1918 1900 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 4 Fokker D.VII (OOC) N of Douai
9 05 Sep 1918 1905 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 4 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Armentières
10 06 Sep 1918 1845 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 4 Fokker D.VII (OOC) N of Douai
11 24 Sep 1918 1010 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 4 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Habourdin
12 08 Oct 1918 1245 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 4 Fokker D.VII (OOC) SW of Cambrai
13 09 Oct 1918 0845 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 4 Fokker D.VII (DES) Seclin
14 28 Oct 1918 1445 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 5 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Leuze-Ath
15 04 Nov 1918 1300 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 6 Pfalz D.III (DES) Faucaumont
16 04 Nov 1918 1300 88 Bristol F.2b (C821) 6 Pfalz D.III (DES) W of Mainvault-Faucaumont

1 Observer 2Lt G W Lambert
2 Observer Thomas Proctor
3 Observer Ernest Antcliffe
4 Observer 2Lt H G Eldon
5 Observer Lt Marshall
6 Observer Alexander Tranter
 
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