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Name: Gordon Budd Irving
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Gordon Irving
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 19
Victories: 12
Born: 16 May 1898
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 11 August 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Albert, France
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
The only son of William H. and Mary Irving, Gordon Budd Irving was educated at Huron Street Public and the University Schools. An employee of the National Trust Company, he joined the Royal Flying Corps in May 1917. After training at Camp Borden and in England, he was posted to 19 Squadron in France. Flying the Sopwith Dolphin he scored 12 victories before he was killed in action near Albert in August 1918.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Gordon Irving.
   He has carried out numerous offensive patrols, and under his able leadership many enemy formations have been successfully engaged. He has personally accounted for six enemy aircraft, and by his consistent keenness and fearlessness he sets a fine example to the pilots in his squadron.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Mar 1918 1040 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3838) C (OOC) 1 W of Roulers
2 21 Apr 1918 1915 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3799) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Steenwerck
3 23 Apr 1918 1820 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3799) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 N of La Bassée
4 08 May 1918 1020 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3799) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 SE of Bailleul
5 31 May 1918 0700 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3799) Pfalz D.III (OOC) SE of Estaires
6 31 May 1918 0800 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3799) Albatros D.V (OOC) SW of Armentières
7 06 Jun 1918 0715 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3799) DFW C (OOC) 2 Vieux Berquin
8 17 Jun 1918 0915 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3799) Pfalz D.III (OOC) S of Armentières
9 27 Jun 1918 1800 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3696) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Estaires
10 01 Jul 1918 1430 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3996) LVG C (DESF) 3 W of Steenwerck
11 02 Jul 1918 0530 19 Sopwith Dolpin (C3996) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Estaires
12 11 Aug 1918 1700 19 Sopwith Dolpin (E4432) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Albert

1 Shared with Maj Albert Carter
2 Shared with Lt Finlay McQuistan, Capt John De Pencier, Lt Cecil Gardner
3 Shared with Lt James Hardman, Lt John Aldridge
 
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