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Name: Cecil Roy Richards
Military Cross (MC) Cecil Richards
Country: Australia
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 20
Victories: 12
Born: 24 July 1893
Place of Birth: Garvoc, Victoria
Died: 28 March 1973
Place of Death: Glenelg, South Australia
 
 
After seeing action in Gallipoli and France, Cecil Roy Richards transferred to the Royal Flying Corps at the end of 1916. Assigned to 20 Squadron during the summer of 1917, he flew the F.E.2d until 19 August when he was shot down at Quesnoy and captured by Ernst Hess of Jasta 28.
 
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Cecil Roy Richards, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when on offensive patrols in attacking and shooting down hostile machines. On one occasion he shot down four in one day, displaying great dash and a fine offensive spirit.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Jun 1917 1100 20 F.E.2d (A6498) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Becelaere
2 17 Jun 1917 0720 20 F.E.2d (A6431) 1 Aviatik C (DESF) Zonnebeke
3 06 Jul 1917 1030 20 F.E.2d (A6498) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Wervicq
4 07 Jul 1917 1500 20 F.E.2d (A6498) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Becelaere
5 17 Jul 1917 1030 20 F.E.2d (A6468) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Menin
6 17 Jul 1917 1040 20 F.E.2d (A6468) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) Menin
7 17 Jul 1917 1945 20 F.E.2d (A6468) 2 Albatros D.V (DESF) Polygon Wood
8 17 Jul 1917 1945 20 F.E.2d (A6468) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) 20 28Q 28
9 09 Aug 1917 0950 20 F.E.2d (B1890) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Becelaere
10 10 Aug 1917 0840 20 F.E.2d (B1890) 1 C (OOC) Polygon Wood
11 10 Aug 1917 0900 20 F.E.2d (B1890) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) 3 Wervicq
12 16 Aug 1917 0915 20 F.E.2d (B1890) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Passchendaele

1 Observer Lt Albert Wear
2 Observer Sgt John Cowell
3 Shared with Capt Arthur Solly & 2Lt J J Cawley, Lt D Y Hay & 2Lt M Tod (B6456)
 
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