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Name: John Dartnell "Jack" De Pencier
John Dartnell De Pencier
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit:

19 (RFC)
12 (RAF)

Victories: 8
Born: 12 November 1898
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 17 May 1920 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Cologne, Germany
Cemetery: Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany Image
 
 
John Dartnell De Pencier, the son of the Bishop of New Westminster in British Columbia, served as a gunner with the 68th Field Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery in 1916. In April 1917, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to 19 Squadron on 6 October 1917. By the end of the month, he'd scored his first victory flying the SPAD XIII. Wounded in stomach during late November of 1917, De Pencier returned from his mission not realizing how badly he'd been wounded. After seven days leave of absence, he returned to duty in December and scored his second victory with the SPAD XIII. In 1918, his squadron was re-equipped with Sopwith Dolphins and De Pencier scored six more victories before returning to the Home Establishment to become an instructor. In 1920, while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Germany, De Pencier was killed in a crash following a mid-air collision with Cyril Ridley.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Oct 1917 0620 19 SPAD (A6971) DFW C (OOC) 1 W of Dadizeele
2 29 Dec 1917 1020 19 SPAD VII (B1581) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
3 26 Feb 1918 1005 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3841) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Comines
4 21 Apr 1918 1400 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4019) Albatros D.V (OOC) Estaires
5 20 May 1918 1755 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4019) Pfalz D.III (DES) NE of Estaires
6 05 Jun 1918 1210 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3902) Fokker DR.I (OOC) 2 NE of Arras
7 06 Jun 1918 0715 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) DFW C (OOC) 3 Vieux Berquin
8 13 Jul 1918 2005 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Bois de Biez

1 Shared with Lt Claude Thompson
2 Shared with Lt Arthur Blake
3 Shared with Capt Gordon Irving, Lt Finlay McQuistan, Lt Cecil Gardner
 
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