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Name: Henry Coyle Rath
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 29
Victories: 12
Born: 12 November 1898
Place of Birth: Hastings, Ontario, Canada
Died: 26 October 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Tournai, Belgium
Cemetery: Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension, Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium
 
 
The son of Thomas and Maggie Rath, Henry Coyle Rath was a hardware clerk from Tweed, Ontario when he enlisted. He was posted to 29 Squadron on the Western Front on 5 June 1918. He scored 12 victories flying the S.E.5a. Rath collided with another 29 Squadron plane at 12,000 feet over Tournai on 25 October 1918. He died from injuries the following day.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Henry Coyle Rath. (FRANCE)
   A bold and resolute fighter in the air who has six enemy aeroplanes to his credit. On 14th October he, with three other machines, engaged a large number of enemy scouts; five were shot down, Lieut. Rath destroying two.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Jul 1918 0815 29 S.E.5a (E5964) C (OOC) 1 SW of Merville
2 31 Jul 1918 1347 29 S.E.5a (E5964) C (DES) 1 NE of Estaires
3 31 Jul 1918 1350 29 S.E.5a (E5964) C (OOC) NE of Estaires
4 01 Aug 1918 1015 29 S.E.5a (E5964) C (OOC) Steenwerck
5 08 Aug 1918 1920 29 S.E.5a (E5964) Albatros C (DES) 2 E of La Gorgue
6 09 Aug 1918 1015 29 S.E.5a (E5964) DFW C (OOC) Steenwerck
7 14 Aug 1918 0817 29 S.E.5a (E5964) Hannover C (DES) SE of Bailleul
8 17 Aug 1918 0755 29 S.E.5a (E5964) Albatros D.V (DES) Armentières
9 18 Aug 1918 1720 29 S.E.5a (D6940) DFW C (DES) NE of Neuve-Eglise
10 29 Aug 1918 0930 29 S.E.5a (E5964) Fokker D.VIII (OOC) Estaires-Steenwerck
11 14 Oct 1918 0835 29 S.E.5a (C1915) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Roulers
12 14 Oct 1918 0850 29 S.E.5a (C1915) Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Inglemunster

1 Shared with Capt Robert Holme
2 Shared with Lt Arthur Reed, Lt R H Humphries, Lt D A O'Leary, Lt Claude Wilson
 
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