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Name: Leonard "Leo"Arthur Christian
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Photo courtesy of Mike Westrop
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 6N (RNAS)
206 (RAF)
Victories: 9
Born: 09 May 1889
Place of Birth: Near Armstrong, British Columbia
Died: 24 January 1955
Place of Death: Vancouver, British Columbia
 
 
The son of Joseph W. and Josephine E. Christian, Leonard Arthur Christian was a farmer and horse breeder from British Columbia. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1917. He successfully completed pilot training but chose to serve as an observer aboard D.H.9s due to a fear of heights. During World War II, Christian served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Leonard Arthur Christian (late R.N.A.S.).
   Since joining his squadron this officer has taken part in forty-seven bomb raids, displaying at all times keenness and determination, and rendering his pilot most valuable support. He has accounted for four enemy aeroplanes, destroying two, and driving down two out of control.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 19 May 1918 1940 206 D.H.9 (C6240) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Gheluwe
2 07 Jun 1918 1200 206 D.H.9 (C1181) 1 Fokker DR.I (DESF) Bac St. Maur
3 12 Jun 1918 1232 206 D.H.9 (C6240) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Zonnebeke
4 01 Jul 1918 2015 206 D.H.9 (B7596) 1 Pfalz D.III (DESF) 3 Houthem
5 29 Jul 1918 1920 206 D.H.9 (B7596) 2 Fokker D.VII (DESF) N of Menin
6 29 Jul 1918 1922 206 D.H.9 (B7596) 2 Fokker D.VII (DESF) N of Menin
7 29 Jul 1918 1930 206 D.H.9 (B7596) 2 Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Courtrai
8 01 Aug 1918 0830 206 D.H.9 (B7598) 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Menin-Wervicq
9 01 Aug 1918 0830 206 D.H.9 (B7598) 2 Fokker D.VII (DES) Menin-Wervicq

1 Pilot Capt G L E Stevens
2 Pilot Leslie Warren
3 Shared
 
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