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Name: Stearne Tighe Edwards
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and Bar Stearne Edwards [Canada]
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 2N, 6N, 9N, 11N; 3W (RNAS)
209 (RAF)
Victories: 17
Born: 13 February 1893
Place of Birth: Franktown, Ontario, Canada
Died: 22 November 1918
Place of Death: York, Yorkshire, England
Cemetery: Tadcaster Cemetery, Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England
 
 
The son of Edwin Dennis and Ann Caroline Vincent (Tighe) Edwards, Stearne Tighe Edwards accompanied by Roy Brown and Daniel Galbraith to the Wright School in Dayton, Ohio. He received his pilot's certificate on a Wright biplane on 11 October 1915. On 31 October 1915, he joined the Royal Naval Air Service. Posted to 9 Naval Squadron on 10 August 1918, he scored 17 victories flying the Sopwith Camel. Despite a nervous breakdown on 23 May 1918, he recovered and became a flight instructor. On 12 November 1918, Edwards was injured in a crash and died ten days later.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Act. Flt Cdr. Stearne Tighe Edwards, R.N.A.S.
   In recognition of his services on the following occasions: —
   On the 3rd September, 1917, with his flight he attacked a two-seater Aviatik. The enemy machine was observed to go down in a vertical nose dive, and the enemy observer was seen to collapse in tne cockpit.
   On the 21st September, 1917, he drove a two-seater enemy machine down out of control.
   On the 23rd September, 1917, he attacked an Albatross scout, which crashed into the sea.
   On the same date he attacked three Albatross scouts. One got on the tail of another officer's machine at very close range, shooting him up very badly. Flt. Cdr. Edwards attacked him from above, and the enemy machine turned on its back and went down in a vertical dive. He followed the enemy machine down to 8,000 feet, when its wings came off, and it fell to the ground.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Bar
Lieut. (tempy. Capt.) Stearne Tighe Edwards, D.S.C., R.A.F.
   For conspicuous bravery and most brilliant leadership of fighting patrols against enemy aircraft. On 2 May 1918, whilst leading a patrol of four scouts, he encountered a hostile formation of eight enemy scouts and drove down one enemy machine completely out of control. Soon afterwards, he engaged another formation of six enemy scouts, driving down one to its destruction whilst his patrol accounted for another. He only broke off the fight owing to lack of ammunition. He has destroyed or driven down out of control many enemy machines since he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, and has at all times shown the greatest gallantry and a fine offensive spirit.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Mar 1916 2N Sopwith 1½ Strutter (9422) EA (DES) Bruges
2 05 Sep 1917 0800 9N Sopwith Camel (B3829) Albatros C (OOC) 1 Middelkerke
3 21 Sep 1917 1700 9N Sopwith Camel (B6217) DFW C (OOC) 2 Zarren
4 23 Sep 1917 0730 9N Sopwith Camel (B6217) Albatros D.V (DES) Off Ostend
5 23 Sep 1917 0820 9N Sopwith Camel (B6217) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Dixmude
6 28 Sep 1917 1610 9N Sopwith Camel (B6217) Albatros D.V (DES) 3 Dixmude
7 02 Oct 1917 1450 9N Sopwith Camel (B6217) Albatros C (OOC) 4 E of Slype
8 27 Oct 1917 1435 9N Sopwith Camel (B6217) Albatros D.V (OOC) 5 NE of Nieuport
9 03 Feb 1918 0840 9N Sopwith Camel (B6351) Albatros C (DES) 6 Staden
10 02 Apr 1918 1115 209 Sopwith Camel (B7199) Albatros D.III (DES) S of Halluin
11 02 Apr 1918 1115 209 Sopwith Camel (B7199) Albatros D.III (OOC) 7 S of Halluin
12 12 Apr 1918 1715 209 Sopwith Camel (B7199) C (CAP) W of Amiens
13 02 May 1918 1815 209 Sopwith Camel (B7199) Albatros D.V (OOC) Brie
14 02 May 1918 1845 209 Sopwith Camel (B7199) Albatros D.V (DES) Cayeux
15 15 May 1918 1045 209 Sopwith Camel (B7199) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Rosières
16 16 May 1918 1615 209 Sopwith Camel (B7199) Fokker DR.I (CAP) 8 W of Corbie
17 19 May 1918 1100 209 Sopwith Camel (B7199) C (OOC) S of Albert

1 Shared with FSL Roy Brown, FSL Oliver Redgate, FSL Arthur Wood, FLt Fred Banbury
2 Shared with FSL Oliver Redgate
3 Shared with FSL Fred Banbury, FSL Oliver Redgate, FSL John Hales, FSL Merrill Taylor
4 Shared with FCdr Joseph Fall
5 Shared with FSL Francis Mellersh, FSL John Hales, FSL John Paynter, FSL Fred Banbury, FSL C A Narbeth (B3883), FSL Arthur Wood, FSL Merrill Taylor, FSL Harold Stackard
6 Shared with FSL Oliver Redgate
7 Shared with Joseph Siddall
8 Shared with Lt Merrill Taylor, Lt Wilfrid May
 
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