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Name: John Edward Sharman
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and bar
Croix de Guerre
John Sharman
Country: Canada
Rank: Flight Commander
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Units: 3W; 10N
Victories: 8
Born: 11 September 1892
Place of Birth: Oak Lake, Manitoba
Died: 22 July 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Becelaere, Belgium
Cemetery: Pont-Du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord, France
The son of Thomas H. Sharman, John Edward Sharman studied Applied Science at the University of Toronto from 1913 to 1915. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 3 February 1916 and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3216 on a Bristol biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Redcar on 15 July 1916. Posted to 3 Wing later that year, he scored his first victory on 25 February 1917 while flying the Sopwith 1½ Strutter. When 3 Wing was disbanded, Sharman was reassigned to 10 Naval Squadron on 1 May 1917, becoming a member of Raymond Collishaw's "Black Flight." Flying the Sopwith Triplane known as "Black Death," he scored seven more victories before he was killed in action.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators´┐Ż Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flight Sub-Lieut. John Edward Sharman, R.N.A.S.
   For devotion to duty during long distance air raids. On one occasion, after leading a flight in the morning and returning safely he volunteered and flew a bombing machine with a second flight in the afternoon, again acting as leader.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Bar
Flt. Lieut. John Edward Sharman, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.
   For courage and skill in attacking enemy aircraft. On the evening of the 14th June, 1917, while on an offensive patrol with three other scouts, he observed five Albatross Scouts. He dived on one of these, firing from his machine gun at about 50 feet range. The Scout then went down in a spin.
   On the 24th June, 1917, with six other machines, he attacked fifteen Albatross Scouts. After a combat at close range he destroyed one of these, its right plane and tail plane falling off.
French Citation
Sharman (John-Edward), sous-lieutenant pilote à l’aviation navale anglaise (G.B. n° 4): "a assuré, avec un grand courage, dans onze raids de bombardement à grande distance, la protection des avions de son escadrille. A conduit au bombardement de (censored) son escadrille deux fois dans la même journée."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Feb 1917 3W Sopwith 1½ Strutter (N5088) Fokker E (OOC) Burbach
2 06 Jun 1917 1110 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6307) Albatros D.III (OOC) Polygon Wood
3 07 Jun 1917 0915 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6307) Albatros D.III (DES) Moorslede
4 07 Jun 1917 0917 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6307) Albatros D.III (OOC) Moorslede
5 14 Jun 1917 1925 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6307) Albatros D.III (OOC) Zonnebeke
6 15 Jun 1917 1050 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6307) C (OOC) 1 St. Julien-Houthem
7 24 Jun 1917 0810 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6307) Albatros D.V (DES) Zonnebeke
8 12 Jul 1917 1215 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6307) Albatros D.V (DES) Polygon Wood

1 Shared with FLt Raymond Collishaw
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