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Name: Alfred Seymour Shepherd
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Alfred Seymour Shepherd
Country: Australia
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 29
Victories: 10
Born: 13 April 1893
Place of Birth: Nowra, New South Wales
Killed In Action: 20 July 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Zonnebeke, Belgium
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France Image
 
 
Enlisting on 8 September 1915, Alfred Seymour Shepherd served with the Australian Infantry before his transfer to the Royal Flying Corps on 23 October 1916. On 25 April 1917, he was posted to 29 Squadron as a Nieuport scout pilot, becoming a flight commander on 13 July 1917. Scoring ten confirmed victories, all of his victims flew the Albatros D.III. On the evening of 20 July 1917, Shepherd was killed in action when his Nieuport 23 was shot down by an Albatros D.V flown by Alfred Niederhoff of Jasta 11.
 
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Alfred Seymour Shepherd, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While on balloon attack he came under heavy fire from a rocket battery. He attacked this battery from a low altitude, silencing it, and dispersing the gunners. He then returned to the attack on a balloon, and fired all his ammunition, and though his machine was badly hit, crossed the line at 100 feet.
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
2nd Lt. Alfred Seymour Shepherd, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on numerous occasions when engaged in combat with hostile aircraft. Though surrounded by enemy machines, he continued to fight for nearly an hour with the utmost gallantry and determination against two hostile formations, finally bringing down one of the enemy out of control. Within a month he brought down seven hostile machines completely out of control.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 May 1917 1015 29 Nieuport 23 (A6787) Albatros D.III (DES) Sailly
2 20 May 1917 1245 29 Nieuport 23 (B1504) Albatros D.III (DESF) E of Douai
3 24 May 1917 0800 29 Nieuport 23 (B1504) Albatros D.III (DESF) Vitry
4 01 Jun 1917 0515 29 Nieuport 23 (B1504) Albatros D.III (OOC) Brebieres
5 21 Jun 1917 0800 29 Nieuport 23 (B1504) Albatros D.III (OOC) Ecourt St. Quentin
6 24 Jun 1917 1900 29 Nieuport 23 (B1504) Albatros D.III (OOC) Douai
7 27 Jun 1917 1920 29 Nieuport 23 (B1504) Albatros D.III (DES) Bullecourt
8 27 Jun 1917 1925 29 Nieuport 23 (B1504) Albatros D.III (OOC) Brebieres
9 29 Jun 1917 0720 29 Nieuport 23 (B1504) Albatros D.III (OOC) Bullecourt
10 29 Jun 1917 0830 29 Nieuport 23 (B1504) Albatros D.III (OOC) Henin-Lietard
 
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