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Name: Percival Ewart Appleby
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 104
Victories: 6
Born: 27 June 1894
Place of Birth: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Died: May 1968
Place of Death: Middleton, Nova Scotia
 
 
Percival Ewart Appleby was the son of Jabez and Minnie Elizabeth (Daken) Appleby. A draftsman from Nova Scotia, he enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 25 September 1914. On 27 January 1918, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. Appleby was posted to 104 Squadron on 17 May 1918 and scored 6 victories as an observer aboard D.H.9s. Lieutenant Appleby became an American citizen on 4 February 1935.
Massachusetts, Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Richard John Gammon.
2nd Lt. Percival Ewart Appleby.
   Captain Gammon, with 2nd Lt. Appleby as Observer, was the leader of two formations (ten machines in all) on a recent raid. En route the formation was attacked by fifteen hostile aircraft; having driven these off, they reached the objective, which was successfully bombed. While thus engaged the formation was fiercely attacked by fifteen enemy machines, which continued the attack for some distance on the return journey, until they were driven off. Upon nearing our lines the formation was again assailed by seven machines; in the engagement that ensued one of these was destroyed and two driven down by Captain Gammon and his Observer, and, in addition, three others were destroyed by our other machines. The officer who led the whole of the combined formations of this raid speaks in the highest terms of Captain Gammon's leadership and skilful co-operation. 2nd Lt. Appleby was of the greatest assistance to Captain Gammon throughout, keeping him informed of the movements and manoeuvres of the hostile machines. This officer has taken part in numerous raids, displaying on all occasions great keenness and determination.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Jul 1918 0720 104 D.H.9 (C6204) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Metz
2 01 Aug 1918 abt 0830 104 D.H.9 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Boulay
3 11 Aug 1918 0910 104 D.H.9 2 Albatros D.III (OOC) Karlsruhe
4 07 Sep 1918 1230 104 D.H.9 (C6264) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Saverne
5 07 Sep 1918 1400 104 D.H.9 (C6264) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) Saverne-Landau
6 15 Sep 1918 1105 104 D.H.9 (C6264) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Metz

1 Pilot Capt Richard Gammon
2 Pilot Lt E Cartwright
 
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