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Name: John Edwardes Pugh
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Attestation Paper
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 25
Victories: 5
Born: 29 April 1890
Place of Birth: Shotwick, Cheshire, England
Died: 28 May 1966
Place of Death: New Westminster, British Columbia
 
 
The son of Mrs. Annie E. Pugh, John Edwardes Pugh emigrated to Canada when he was 23 years old. A civil service clerk, he was living in Stoney Plain, Alberta when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 23 Sept 1914. He served with the Alberta Dragoons until he was wounded on the Somme on 16 September 1916. When he recovered he transferred to aviation and following pilot training he flew the D.H.4 with 25 Squadron, becoming a flight commander and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1918 after eight months of operations.

Listed as John Edwards Pugh in the British Columbia death index.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. John Edwardes Pugh, Can. Loc. Forces, and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He carried out twenty successful bombing raids and fifteen long-distance photographic reconnaissances, showing great determination in carrying out his work, in spite of strong opposition by enemy aircraft. In two days he took 108 photographs in the course of long-distance flights. During a period of five days he dropped three-quarters of a ton of bombs on enemy troops and transport, and engaged ground targets with machine-gun fire from a low altitude. On one occasion whilst on a bombing raid he was attacked by five enemy machines, one of which he destroyed. He set a splendid example of skill and resource.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 13 Jan 1918 1150 25 D.H.4 (A7609) 1 Scout (OOC) La Jardinet
2 27 Mar 1918 1510 25 D.H.4 (A7913) 2 Siemens-Schuckert D.III (OOC) Faucaucourt
3 08 May 1918 0810 25 D.H.4 (A7913) 3 Pfalz D.III (DES) Thorout
4 08 May 1918 0820 25 D.H.4 (A7913) 3 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Thorout
5 05 Jun 1918 0930 25 D.H.4 (A7913) 4 Rumpler C (DES) E of Albert

1 Observer 2Lt O S Hinson
2 Observer Sgt A H Muff
3 Observer 2Lt W Dixon
4 Observer Lt S C Eschmann
 
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