The son of Francis Alfred and Isabel Grace (Milligan) Hilton, D'Arcy Fowlis Hilton was born in Toronto, Ontario but considered himself a native of Detroit. Michigan. He married Gladys Caroline Woodruff in St. Catharine's, Ontario on 28 January 1914. Following the birth of their son, they divorced in 1916 and Hilton sailed for Great Britain to join the Royal Flying Corps in November. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 21 November 1916. Serving with 29 Squadron on the Western Front, Hilton scored 8 victories flying the Nieuport 17. Post-war he returned to Detroit and competed in the 1920 Henley Races at St. Catharine's, Ontario with the Detroit Rowing Club. His son, William Devaux Woodruff Hilton, was killed in a crash flying the Bristol Beaufighter in 1942.
A Darcy Hilton appears in the U.S. Social Security Death Index.
Military Cross (MC)
2nd/Lt. D'Arcy Fowlis Hilton, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attacking enemy aircraft and engaging troops on the ground. While on patrol he attacked single-handed six two-seater machines, forcing one down and driving the rest back. He has driven down five other machines.