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Name: Harry Alexander Rigby
Military Cross (MC) Harry Rigby
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 1, 40
Victories: 6
Born: 02 November 1896
Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria
Place of Death:  
Entering the Royal Flying Corps in 1916, Harry Alexander Rigby received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2651 on 1 April 1916. He served briefly with 40 Squadron in August 1916 but was forced to leave due to ill health. In February 1918, he joined 1 Squadron to fly the S.E.5a. After scoring six victories, health problems struck again, forcing Rigby to leave the squadron on 17 May 1918.
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Harry Alexander Rigby, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has carried out many low-flying bombing raids, obtaining direct hits on enemy troops, hutments and camps. On one occasion, after attacking a large column of enemy infantry on a road with machine-gun fire, he attacked and shot down in flames a hostile scout. His work has always been carried out with the utmost keenness and determination.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 13 Mar 1918 1220 1 S.E.5a (C9624) Pfalz D.III (DES) 1 Wieltje
2 26 Mar 1918 1710 1 S.E.5a (B4851) Albatros D.V (DESF) Bapaume
3 29 Mar 1918 0645 1 S.E.5a (C1113) C (DES) Wytschaete
4 02 May 1918 1350 1 S.E.5a (C1113) Pfalz D.III (DES) E of Bailleul
5 03 May 1918 0735 1 S.E.5a (C1113) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Wytschaete
6 11 May 1918 1715 1 S.E.5a (C1113) Albatros D.V (OOC) Bailleul

1 Shared with Capt William Patrick, Capt Guy Moore, Capt Herbert Hamilton, Lt A Hollis (B520), 2Lt L W Mawbey (B632), 2Lt Percy Clayson, 2Lt A E Sweeting (A8932), 2Lt W M R Gray (A8904)
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