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Name: Albert Victor Tonkin
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Australia
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Units: 1 (AFC)
Victories: 6
Born: 16 December 1886
Place of Birth: Avenel, Victoria
Died: 17 February 1969
Place of Death:
 
 
A grocer from Glenferrie, Melbourne, Tonkin served with the Australian infantry before he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps on 19 September 1917. Posted to 1 Squadron on 10 January 1918, he scored six victories flying the Bristol Fighter. During a ground strafing mission on 19 September 1918, he and his observer were shot down by ground fire and captured before Allied cavalry managed to rescue them.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Albert Victor Tonkin (Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
      A gallant and determined officer who, in various engagements, has destroyed two enemy aircraft and driven down seven others. During recent operations he has been conspicuous for his boldness in attacking hostile troops on the ground. On three occasions Lieutenant Tonkin has been forced to land beyond our lines. On one of these, his machine being riddled with bullets, he was taken prisoner, but was subsequently recaptured by our advancing troops.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 May 1918 1515 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1276) 1 Rumpler C (DES) 4 SE of Jenin
2 07 May 1918 1535 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1276) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) 4 Tul Keram
3 07 May 1918 1535 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1276) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) 4 Tul Keram
4 22 May 1918 0715 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1276) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) Nablus
5 22 May 1918 0715 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1276) 2 Albatros D (DES) Nablus
u/c 16 Jul 1918 0830 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1276) 2 Albatros D.V (FTL) Birah-Nablus
u/c 16 Jul 1918 0830 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1276) 2 Albatros D.V (FTL) Birah-Nablus
u/c 16 Jul 1918 0830 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1276) 2 Albatros D.V (FTL) Birah-Nablus
6 22 Jul 1918 0615 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1276) 3 Rumpler C (DES) S of Beit Lid

1 Observer Lt R A Camm
2 Observer Lt Carrick Paul
3 Observer Lt A V McCann
4 Shared with Capt Ross Smith & Lt Ernest Mustard
 
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