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Name: Osborne John Orr
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 4N (RNAS)
204 (RAF)
Victories: 5
Born: 15 July 1895
Place of Birth: Nanaimo, British Columbia
Died: 23 October 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Termonde
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
The son of William and Caroline (Stewart) Orr, Osborne Orr sailed to England to join the Royal Air Force. He was promoted to temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 10 March 1918 and posted to 204 Squadron on 1 August 1918. On the morning of 23 October 1918, his flight had just completed a bombing mission when it was engaged by enemy fighters near Termonde. In the battle that followed, Orr and four other Sopwith Camel pilots were killed in action.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Aug 1918 1055 204 Sopwith Camel (D3354) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Blankenberghe
2 12 Aug 1918 1055 204 Sopwith Camel (D3354) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Zeebrugge-Ostend
3 14 Aug 1918 1755 204 Sopwith Camel (B7232) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Roulers
4 15 Aug 1918 1905 204 Sopwith Camel (B7232) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Menin
5 14 Oct 1918 1315 204 Sopwith Camel (D9613) C (OOC) Westende-Nieuport
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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