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Name: Roby Lewis Manuel
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Roby Manuel
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Units: 2 (AFC)
Victories: 12
Born: 07 October 1895
Place of Birth: Kerang, Victoria
Died: 18 October 1975
Place of Death:  
Roby Lewis Manuel gave up farming to join the Australian infantry in 1916. On 30 April 1917, he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps and was posted to 2 Squadron (AFC) in France on 6 February 1918. During World War II, he served with the Royal Australian Air Force and continued flying until a few years before his death.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Roby Lewis Manuel (Australian Flying Corps).
   During the past month, whilst on an offensive patrol, his machine was badly damaged in an encounter with an enemy aeroplane which he brought down out of control. On his return home he saw another enemy machine below him. At great personal risk, owing to the state of his machine, he nevertheless attacked and brought it down. He is a most skilful pilot of great determination.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Roby Lewis Manuel, D.F.C. (Australian F.C.). (FRANCE.)
   On many occasions this officer has led his patrol with exceptional ability and courage, notably on 16th September, when, with a patrol of eleven machines, he engaged fifteen hostile aircraft. By skilful manoeuvre he completely defeated the enemy in a combat that only lasted twenty minutes, at the expiration of which period only four hostile machines remained in the air, and these retired. Six of the enemy machines were seen to fall in a manner that would justify the supposition that they would crash.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 02 Apr 1918 0700 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (B184) C (DES) 1 Demuin
2 02 Jun 1918 0805 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (B184) Pfalz D.III (DES) 15 mi E of Villers Brettoneaux
3 02 Jun 1918 0805 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (B184) Pfalz D.III (DES) 15 mi E of Villers Brettoneaux
4 02 Jun 1918 0830 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (B184) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 10 mi E of Villers Brettoneaux
5 12 Jun 1918 1045 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (B184) Pfalz D.III (DESF) N of Bussy
6 22 Jul 1918 0920 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C1948) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 mi E of Lens
7 22 Jul 1918 0920 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C1948) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 1 mi E of Lens
8 31 Jul 1918 0955 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C1948) Albatros D.V (OOC) Estaires
9 14 Aug 1918 1800 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C1948) Fokker D.VII (DES) 1 mi W of Perenchies
10 16 Sep 1918 0730 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C1948) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Habourdin
11 16 Sep 1918 0800 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C1948) Fokker D.VII (CAP) 1.5 mi S of Droglandt
12 24 Sep 1918 1030 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C1948) Albatros C (DES) 2 La Bassée-Bethune

1 Shared with Capt Henry Forrest
2 Shared with Lt Francis Smith
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