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Name: James Hamilton Traill
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) James Hamilton Traill
Country: Australia
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Units: 1 (AFC)
Victories: 6
Born: 02 November 1896
Place of Birth: Cassilis, New South Wales
Died: 14 August 1967
Place of Death: Tuwinga, Bundella, New South Wales
 
 
The son of Arthur Irby and Maria Traill, James Hamilton Traill, a station hand from Cassilis, was 17 years old when he joined the 1st Light Horse Regiment at Rosebery Park, New South Wales on 24 August 1914. He embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 20 October 1914. Before becoming a Brisfit observer with 1 Squadron (AFC), he served as a signaler with the 4th Light Horse Signal Troop in October 1917. He scored 6 victories flying with Lt. George Peters in 1918.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. George Clifton Peters (Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
Lieut. James Hamilton Traill (Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
   On 24th August Lieut. Peters, with Lieut. Traill as observer, in company with another machine, attacked seven hostile aeroplanes; they succeeded in crashing two and drove down a third out of control. This is only one instance out of many in which these officers have displayed marked skill and gallantry in attacking and destroying enemy aeroplanes. Their keenness and devotion to duty in aerial combats and in attacking ground targets sets a fine example to others.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 15 Apr 1918 1150 1 (AFC) Bristol Fighter (C4623) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Taiyibeh
2 29 May 1918 0815 1 (AFC) Bristol Fighter (C4623) 1 Rumpler C (DES) 2 Nablus
3 24 Jul 1918 0530 1 (AFC) Bristol Fighter (B1278) 1 Rumpler C (DES) 3 Majdal Yaba
4 24 Aug 1918 0815 1 (AFC) Bristol Fighter (B1278) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Bir el Hanuta
5 24 Aug 1918 0815 1 (AFC) Bristol Fighter (B1278) 1 LVG C (DES) Bir el Hanuta
6 22 Sep 1918 1700 1 (AFC) Bristol Fighter (B1278) 1 DFW C (DES) Um Es Surab

1 Pilot Lt George Peters
2 Shared with Lt E C Stooke & Lt William Weir
3 Shared with Lt J M Walker & Lt H A Letch (B1222)
 
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