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Name: D'Arcy Fowlis Hilton
Military Cross (MC)
Air Force Cross (AFC)
D'Arcy Hilton
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 29
Victories: 8
Born: 17 October 1889
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: October 1973
Place of Death: St. Catharine's, Ontario
 
 
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.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 31 Jul 1917 1215 29 Nieuport 17 (B3494) Albatros D.V (DES) Westhoek
2 31 Jul 1917 1830 29 Nieuport 17 (B3494) Balloon (DES) Polygon racecourse
3 09 Aug 1917 1800 29 Nieuport 17 (B3494) Albatros D.V (OOC) Langmarck
4 11 Aug 1917 1905 29 Nieuport 17 (B3494) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Houthoulst
5 16 Aug 1917 0700 29 Nieuport 17 (B3494) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Zonnebeke
6 16 Aug 1917 0730 29 Nieuport 17 (B3494) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Zonnebeke
7 30 Oct 1917 1030 29 Nieuport 17 (D6800) Two-seater (OOC) E of Houthoulst
8 13 Nov 1917 1200 29 Nieuport 17 (D6828) Albatros D.V (OOC) NW of Roulers
Books
Wolverines in the Sky: Michigan's Fighter Aces of World War I, World War II and Korea
by Andrew Layton / Paperback / Xulon Press (May 17, 2007)
In Clouds of Glory: American Airmen Who Flew With The British During The Great War
by James J. Hudson / Paperback / University of Arkansas Press (October 1, 1990)
 
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