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Name: Gerald Ewart Nash
Country: Canada
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 10N, 3W
Victories: 6
Born: 12 May 1896
Place of Birth: Saltfleet, Ontario, Canada
Died: 10 April 1976
Place of Death: Welland, Ontario, Canada
   The son of William and Kitty Nash, Gerald Ewart Nash joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915. Posted to 10 Naval Squadron in April 1917, he served with Raymond Collishaw's "Black Flight." Flying a Sopwith Triplane, Nash scored his first victory in May, then scored five more victories during the first week of June. On 25 June 1917, he was wounded in the leg and shot down by Karl Allmenröder of Jasta 11. Crash landing behind enemy lines in Belgium, he was captured by the Germans and spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner. He returned to Canada in 1919.
   During World War II, Nash served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and retired in 1945 with the rank of Group Captain. He died at a hospital in Welland, Ontario. He was 80.
The Sunday Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, 11 Apr 1976
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 May 1917 1030 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5492) Albatros D.III (DES) Ypres-Staden
2 02 Jun 1917 0700-0900 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5492) C (OOC) 1 St. Julien
3 05 Jun 1917 0850 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6302) Albatros C (DESF) 2 Wervicq
4 06 Jun 1917 1100 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5492) Albatros C (DES) Polygon Wood
5 06 Jun 1917 1115 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5492) Albatros D.III (OOC) Polygon Wood
6 06 Jun 1917 0900 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5492) Albatros D.III (OOC) St. Julien

1 Shared with FLt Raymond Collishaw, FSL Ellis Reid, FSL William Alexander
2 Shared with FLt Raymond Collishaw, FSL K G Boyd (N5478), FSL Desmond Fitzgibbon, FSL Ellis Reid
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