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Name: Sidney Emerson Ellis  
Country: Canada
Rank: Flight Sub-Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Unit: 4N (RNAS)
Victories: 5
Born: 15 January 1896
Place of Birth: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Died: 12 July 1917 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death:  
Cemetery: Adinkerke Churchyard Extension, De Panne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
The son of Reverend and Mrs. John D. Ellis, Sidney Emerson Ellis joined the Royal Naval Air Service in August 1916. Posted to 4 Naval Squadron, he scored his first two victories in the spring of 1917 flying the Sopwith Pup. In July 1917, Ellis scored three more victories flying the Sopwith Camel. He was one of the first two pilots to score a victory with this aircraft, shooting down a Gotha bomber northwest of Ostende on the morning of 4 July 1917. Five days later, he was killed when his Camel went into a spin and crashed.

Listed in some sources as Sydney Emerson Ellis.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 May 1917 1500 4N Sopwith Pup (N6475) Albatros D.III (DES) SE of Ghistelles
2 04 Jun 1917 0830 4N Sopwith Pup (N6475) Albatros D.III (DES) E of Dixmude
3 04 Jul 1917 0830 4N Sopwith Camel Gotha G (OOC) NW of Ostend
4 06 Jul 1917 1440 4N Sopwith Camel (N6337) Albatros C (DES) 1 SW of Ghistelles
5 07 Jul 1917 1110 4N Sopwith Camel (N6337) Seaplane (OOC) 2 Ostend

1 Shared with FLt Arnold Chadwick
2 Shared with F/SLt Joseph Fall
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