The son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Ward) Morrow, Ernest Thomas Morrow joined the Royal Flying Corps in June 1917 and was posted to 62 Squadron on 31 August 1917. Flying the Bristol F.2b during 1918, he scored 7 victories in combat before he was shot down by a Fokker D.VII on 22 August. Badly wounded, he was forced to land his burning plane behind his own lines near Ficheux. His observer, Louis Thompson, pulled him from the burning plane but Morrow's injuries were so severe that his left leg had to be amputated below the knee. For their actions that day, both men were recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross but only Morrow received it.
Listed as Ernest Thomas Morrow by the London Gazette and Royal Canadian Air Force. Listed as Ernest Theophilus Morrow in Grub Street books. Neither middle name is supported by the
birth and census records.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Ernest Thomas Morrow.
On the 22nd August, whilst leading an offensive patrol, this officer attacked ten Fokker biplanes and Pfalz Scouts, driving down one in flames. In the engagement he was wounded, and became unconscious; regaining consciousness, he found that his machine had got into a spin and was on fire. With a supreme effort, although very weak, he succeeded in landing within our lines, where he was with great difficulty extricated from the burning machine. A bold and determined officer, who has destroyed four enemy aeroplanes and driven down two out of control.