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Name: Austin Lloyd Fleming
Military Cross (MC) Austin Lloyd Fleming
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 46, 111
Victories: 8
Born: 07 August 1894
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 26 January 1969
Place of Death: Malaga, Spain
A stockbroker and the son of Robert and Lydia (Orford) Fleming, Austin Lloyd Fleming joined the Royal Flying Corps in November 1916. After successfully completing flight training, he was posted 46 Squadron on 8 June 1917. Later that year, he was reassigned to 111 Squadron in Palestine. Flying the Bristol F.2b and S.E.5a, Fleming scored eight victories during the first four months of 1918. He was injured on 11 September 1918. After the war, he lived in the United States for a few years, then returned to England. During World War II, he served with the Royal Air Force.
Military Cross (MC)
T./Lt. Austin Lloyd Fleming, R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He attacked a formation of three enemy machines, and forced the leading machine, which was a two-seater, to land, although the other two were attacking him from behind. He then attacked and destroyed another of the enemy machines, and engaged the third, which succeeded in escaping. He destroyed four enemy machines during one month, and showed splendid courage and skill on many occasions.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 17 Jan 1918 0920 111 Bristol F.2b (A7192) 1 C (DES) Kalkilieh
2 18 Jan 1918 1130 111 Bristol F.2b (A7198) 1 C (DES) 2 Jaffa-Arsuf
3 23 Jan 1918 1145 111 S.E.5a (B358) Albatros D.III (DES) Tul Keram
4 24 Jan 1918 1130 111 S.E.5a (B538) C (DES) NW of Tul Keram
5 29 Jan 1918 1530 111 S.E.5a (B538) C (CAP) SW of Junction Station
6 10 Mar 1918 0930 111 S.E.5a (B540) Albatros D.III (DES) E of Bireh
7 12 Apr 1918 0715 111 S.E.5a (B6242) Albatros D.V (OOC) Tul Keram
8 12 Apr 1918 0720 111 S.E.5a (B6242) Albatros D.V (OOC) Tul Keram

1 Observer Cpl F J Knowles
2 Shared with Lt D B Aitken & Lt L A J Barbe (A7196)
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