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Name: Richard Pearman Minifie
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and 2 Bars Richard Minifie
Country: Australia
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 1N; 1W (RNAS)
Victories: 21
Born: 02 February 1898
Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria
Died: 31 March 1969
Place of Death: Melbourne, Victoria
 
 
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.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Second Bar
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.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Apr 1917 1110 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5446) Albatros D.III (DES) Epinoy
2 29 Apr 1917 1915 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5446) Albatros D.III (DES) 1 Douai
3 11 May 1917 1940 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5446) Albatros D.II (OOC) 2 Vitry
4 19 May 1917 1915 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5446) Albatros D.III (OOC) Henin-Lietard
5 12 Jun 1917 0615 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5446) Albatros D.V (OOC) Deulemont
6 12 Jul 1917 0910 1N Sopwith Triplane (N6303) Albatros D.V (OOC) Quesnoy
7 08 Aug 1917 1600 1N Sopwith Triplane (N6303) Albatros D.V (DESF) Houthoulst Forest
8 15 Aug 1917 0915 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Ypres
9 16 Aug 1917 0440 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) Albatros D.V (DES) Roubaix aerodrome
10 16 Sep 1917 1825 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Messines
11 19 Sep 1917 1800 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) Albatros D.V (DES) Westroosebeke
12 26 Sep 1917 1220 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) C (DES) E of St. Julien
13 17 Oct 1917 1045 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) DFW C (CAP) S of Polygon Wood
14 18 Oct 1917 1430 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) Gotha (OOC) N of Passchendaele
15 20 Oct 1917 1100 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Comines
16 27 Oct 1917 0845 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) Fokker D.V (DES) Westroosebeke
17 31 Oct 1917 1855 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5454) C (DES) E of Gheluveldt
18 29 Nov 1917 1415 1N Sopwith Camel (B6420) Albatros D.V (OOC) Middelkerke
19 08 Dec 1917 1120 1N Sopwith Camel (B6420) DFW C (DES) E of Dixmude
20 13 Mar 1918 0725 1N Sopwith Camel (B6420) Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Dixmude
21 13 Mar 1918 0725 1N Sopwith Camel (B6420) Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of Dixmude

1 Shared with FSL Robert Little
2 Shared with FSL O B Ellis (N5488)
 
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