Richard Pearman Minifie joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 11 June 1916. He was posted to 1 Naval Squadron in December 1917. on On 17 March 1918, during a dogfight with Jasta 47 near Houthulst Forest, Minifie was captured by the Germans when his Sopwith Camel was shot down by Friedrich Ehmann in a Pfalz scout.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Act. Flt. Lieut. Richard Pearman Minifie, R.N.A.S.
In recognition of his services on the following occasions: —
On the 22nd April, 1917, he destroyed two enemy scouts.
On the 8th August, 1917, he brought down an Albatross scout in flames.
On the 16th September, 1917, he destroyed an Albatross scout.
On the 19th September, 1917, he crashed an Albatross scout.
In addition to the above mentioned combats, he has driven down, numerous enemy machines out of control, and on the 3rd July, 1917, he attacked parties of troops on the road from a height of 200 feet.
On the 19th August, 1917, he attacked two enemy aerodromes, firing 450 rounds at the hangars from a height of 400 feet.
On the 20th September, 1917, he did excellent work in detecting and scattering troops massing for counter-attacks, flying at an extremely low altitude.
Act. Flt. Cdr. Richard Pearman Minifie, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.
For courage and daring in the face of the enemy, particularly on the 13th March, 1918. On that date, when on patrol with four machines, he attacked an enemy patrol of five scouts, destroying two, whilst a third was destroyed by another officer.
Act. Flt. Cdr. Minifie has now destroyed numerous hostile machines.