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Name: Arthur Bradfield Fairclough
Military Cross (MC) Arthur Fairclough
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 19, 23
Victories: 19
Born: 25 July 1896
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 09 December 1968
Place of Death:  
 
 
The son of W. E. Fairclough of Toronto, Arthur Bradfield Fairclough was a Lieutenant in the 166th Battalion before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in May 1917. After training he was posted to 19 Squadron and scored 9 victories flying SPADs in December 1917. When the squadron converted to Sopwith Dolphins in 1918, Fairclough scored 5 more victories prior to joining 23 Squadron as a flight commander. Before he returned to England in the summer of 1918, he scored 5 more victories in June and July.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Arthur Bradfield Fairclough, Can. M.G. Co. and R.F.C.
      For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During four months he has destroyed four enemy machines, and has driven down two others completely out of control. When engaged with hostile aircraft he has at all times displayed the utmost dash and courage.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Dec 1917 1542 19 SPAD (A6836) C (OOC) 1 E of Roulers
2 08 Dec 1917 1335 19 SPAD (B3528) Rumpler C (OOC) 2 Tenbrielen-Wervicq
3 18 Dec 1917 1035 19 SPAD (B3528) C (OOC) 3 Comines
4 18 Dec 1917 1250 19 SPAD (A6795) Albatros D.V (DES) Gheluvelt
5 19 Dec 1917 0805 19 SPAD (A6805) C (OOC) E of Hooglede
6 19 Dec 1917 1130 19 SPAD (B3528) C (DES) 3 W of Passchendaele
7 22 Dec 1917 1420 19 SPAD (A6802) Albatros D.III (DESF) 4 S of Quesnoy
8 29 Dec 1917 1010 19 SPAD (A6802) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
9 29 Dec 1917 1015 19 SPAD (A6802) Albatros D.V (DESF) Houthoulst Forest
10 17 Mar 1918 1215 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3940) Albatros D.V (DESF) 5 NE of Menin
11 23 Mar 1918 1540 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3940) C (DESF) 6 E of Lille
12 22 Apr 1918 1030 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3796) Albatros D.V (OOC) Bois du Biez
13 23 Apr 1918 1820 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3796) Pfalz D.III (OOC) N of La Bassée
14 02 May 1918 1745 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3796) Albatros D.V (DESF) 7 S of Armentières
15 29 Jun 1918 1030 23 Sopwith Dolphin (C8070) Fokker D.VII (DESF) 8 Hangard
16 29 Jun 1918 1830 23 Sopwith Dolphin (C8070) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Hangard
17 01 Jul 1918 2040 23 Sopwith Dolphin (D3669) Albatros D.V (DES) Hangest
18 04 Jul 1918 1020 23 Sopwith Dolphin (C8074) Pfalz D.III (DES) Hamel
19 05 Jul 1918 1030 23 Sopwith Dolphin (D3669) Rumpler C (DESF) 9 SE of Mézières

1 Shared with Capt Oliver Bryson, 2Lt Eric Olivier, Lt R G Holt (A6802)
2 Shared with Capt Oliver Bryson, Capt G W Taylor (A6805)
3 Shared with Capt Oliver Bryson
4 Shared with Capt Oliver Bryson, Lt E J Blyth (B3563), 2Lt Eric Olivier, Capt G W Taylor (A6805), Maj A W Carter (A8836), Lt H E Galer (A8834)
5 Shared with 2Lt Eric Olivier
6 Shared with Capt John Leacroft
7 Shared with Lt Arthur Blake
8 Shared with Lt A P Pehrson, Lt C C A Sherwood, Lt Harold White, Lt Bentley, Lt Adam, Lt MacPherson
9 Shared with Lt A B Sinclair (D5233)
 
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