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Name: Mansell Richard James
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 45
Victories: 11
Born: 18 June 1893
Place of Birth: Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Died: 29 May 1919 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death:  
 
 
   Living in Watford, Ontario when he enlisted, Mansell Richard James joined the Royal Flying Corps on 22 September 1917. He was posted to 45 Squadron in Italy on 12 February 1918 and remained with this unit until 5 February 1919, scoring 11 victories flying the Sopwith Camel in the summer of 1918.
   James was last seen on 29 May 1919 when he departed Lee, Massachusetts on a flight to Hazelhurst aviation field. His plane was never found although many fliers looked for him and rewards for finding him were offered by various organizations.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Mansell Richard James.
   An excellent scout pilot who has at all times shown great skill, courage and determination in attacking enemy machines. During a short period of time he has destroyed nine enemy aeroplanes.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 03 Jun 1918 0905 45 Sopwith Camel (B3872) Albatros D.V (DES) Feltre
2 07 Jun 1918 0930 45 Sopwith Camel (D8102) Albatros D.III (DES) San Marino
3 07 Jun 1918 0935 45 Sopwith Camel (D8102) Albatros D.III (DES) Collicella
4 20 Jul 1918 0720 45 Sopwith Camel (D8211) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Feltre
5 20 Jul 1918 0720 45 Sopwith Camel (D8211) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Feltre
6 05 Aug 1918 0630 45 Sopwith Camel (D8211) AEG C (DES) Porteghetti
7 06 Aug 1918 1050 45 Sopwith Camel (D8211) Albatros D.V (OOC) Segusino
8 06 Aug 1918 1050 45 Sopwith Camel (D8211) Albatros D.V (OOC) Segusino
9 06 Aug 1918 1050 45 Sopwith Camel (D8211) Albatros D.V (DES) Segusino
10 31 Aug 1918 0945 45 Sopwith Camel (D8211) Albatros D.III (DES) Mt. Segugio
11 31 Aug 1918 0945 45 Sopwith Camel (D8211) Albatros D.III (DES) Arsiero
 
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