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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, Australia
Died: 04 November 1972
Place of Death: Cambrian Hill, Victoria, Australia
Before he joined the Royal Flying Corps, Harry Alexander Rigby, the son of Edward and Frances (Waite) Rigby, received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2651 on a Grahame-White biplane at Grahame-White School, Hendon 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 and Rigby was forced to leave the squadron on 17 May 1918.

WO 339/60222
Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
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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