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Name: Charles Robert Reeves Hickey
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 4N (RNAS)
204 (RAF)
Victories: 21
Born: 10 September 1897
Place of Birth: Nanaimo, British Columbia
Died: 03 October 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death:  
Cemetery: Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
 
 
The son of Major Robert H. F. and Charlotte E. Hickey, Charles Robert Reeves Hicky, like his father, served with the 11th Canadian Mounted Rifles before he transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service. He was posted to 4 Naval Squadron in August 1917. A Sopwith Camel pilot, he scored 4 victories before the Royal Air Force was formed on 1 April 1918. On 21 April 1918, he forced down a Rumpler C near Wulpen and after landing beside it, was attempting to protect his prize from Belgian citizens when the German aircraft exploded killing several bystanders and injuring Hickey. A month later, he was back in action, scoring twelve more victories before he was killed in a mid-air collision with another Sopwith Camel.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Charles Robert Reeves Hickey.
   Has been engaged in numerous air battles with marked success during a period of twelve months. On a recent occasion he flew to the assistance of one of our machines which was being pressed by two enemy machines and succeeded in destroying one of them.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Charles Robert Reeves Hickey, D.F.C., Sea Patrol (Can. Mtd. Rif.).
   A very determined air fighter who has destroyed seven enemy machines and brought down nine completely out of control during the past three months. His skill and initiative as a flight commander have made his flight very successful. Last month he destroyed two machines and brought down two more out of control in one day, and the remainder of his flight, at the same time succeeded in disposing of several more enemy aircraft without sustaining any casualties.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Aug 1917 0945 4N Sopwith Camel (N6347) Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of Ostend
2 23 Nov 1917 1400 4N Sopwith Camel (B6300) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Dixmude
3 26 Mar 1918 1700 4N Sopwith Camel (B3892) Pfalz D.III (OOC) NE of Dixmude
4 26 Mar 1918 1700 4N Sopwith Camel (B3892) Pfalz D.III (DES) 2 mi E of Dixmude
5 21 Apr 1918 1200 204 Sopwith Camel (B6350) Rumpler C (CAP) 1 Wulpen
6 27 May 1918 1920 204 Sopwith Camel (C74) Albatros D.III (OOC) Ostend
7 12 Jun 1918 1530 204 Sopwith Camel (C74) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Nieuport Pier
8 30 Jun 1918 1430 204 Sopwith Camel (D3359) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Off Blankenberghe
9 31 Jul 1918 1930 204 Sopwith Camel (C74) Fokker D.VII (DESF) 5 mi NE of Thorout
10 14 Aug 1918 1100 204 Sopwith Camel (C74) Fokker D.VII (DES) 2 5 mi E of Dixmude
11 15 Aug 1918 1900 204 Sopwith Camel (C74) Fokker D.VII (DESF) 3 Menin
12 15 Aug 1918 1900 204 Sopwith Camel (C74) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Menin
13 15 Aug 1918 1900 204 Sopwith Camel (C74) Fokker D.VII (DES) Menin
14 15 Sep 1918 1400 204 Sopwith Camel (C74) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Zeebrugge
15 16 Sep 1918 1855 204 Sopwith Camel (F3942) Fokker D.VII (DESF) 4 Blakenburghe-Zeebrugge
16 16 Sep 1918 1910 204 Sopwith Camel (F3942) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Blakenburghe-Zeebrugge
17 16 Sep 1918 1910 204 Sopwith Camel (F3942) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Blakenburghe-Zeebrugge
18 26 Sep 1918 1050 204 Sopwith Camel (D9626) Fokker D.VII (DES) Blakenberghe
19 26 Sep 1918 1050 204 Sopwith Camel (D9626) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Blakenberghe
20 28 Sep 1918 1230 204 Sopwith Camel (D9626) Fokker D.VII (DES) NW of Wercken
21 01 Oct 1918 1630 204 Sopwith Camel (D9626) Rumpler C (DES) E of Lichtervelde

1 Shared with Capt Ronald Keirstead
2 Shared with Lt H H Blanchard (B8187)
3 Shared with Lt Robert Gordon
4 Shared with 2Lt N Smith (D8188), Lt Risdon Bennett, Lt F G Bayley, 2Lt J R Chisman
 
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