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Name: Ernest James Salter
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with Palm
Ernest James Salter
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 54
Victories: 9
Born: 09 November 1897
Place of Birth: Greenbank, Ontario, Canada
Died: 23 March 1959
Place of Death: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
 
 
The son of Theophilus L. and Mary Helen (Coultis) Salter, Ernest James Salter joined the Royal Flying Corps on 3 June 1917. Cadet Salter received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 7211 on 27 August 1917. In the summer of 1918, he was posted to 54 Squadron in France. The highest scoring ace to serve with this squadron, Salter scored nine victories flying the Sopwith Camel before being badly wounded on 2 September 1918.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviatorsí Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 Jun 1918 0715 54 Sopwith Camel (B7171) C (OOC) E of Zandvoorde
2 04 Jul 1918 1430 54 Sopwith Camel (D1948) Hannover C (OOC) Herleville
3 05 Jul 1918 1050 54 Sopwith Camel (D1948) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Lamotte
4 21 Jul 1918 1555 54 Sopwith Camel (D1946) Halberstadt C (DES) E of Dravegny
5 21 Jul 1918 1600 54 Sopwith Camel (D1946) Halberstadt C (DES) .5 mi E of Chery
6 21 Jul 1918 1915 54 Sopwith Camel (D9497) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Fère en Tardenois
7 22 Aug 1918 1745 54 Sopwith Camel (D1946) Albatros C (DES) 1 200 yds W of Greyvillers
8 25 Aug 1918 1045 54 Sopwith Camel (D1946) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Combles
9 30 Aug 1918 0645 54 Sopwith Camel (E5168) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Riencourt

1 Shared with Lt Crosse (E5174), Lt Bellivaux (E5149), Lt A S Crompton (D9567)
 
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