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Name: James Hamilton Traill
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
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
Seventeen year old James Traill provided a false birthdate of 8 July 1895 in order to enlist at the age of 17.
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.
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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