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Name: Frank Ormond "Mongoose" Soden
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar Frank Ormond Soden
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 41, 60
Victories: 27
Born: 03 November 1895
Place of Birth: Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, Canada
Died: 12 February 1961
Place of Death: Westminster, London, England
 
 
Although born in Canada, Frank Ormond Soden emigrated to England in 1904. Lieutenant Soden served with the 8th South Staffordshire Regiment and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3502 on a Grahame-White biplane at Grahame-White School, Hendon on 9 September 1916. After he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, he scored 27 victories flying Nieuport scouts and the S.E.5a. He remained in the Royal Air Force when the war ended. He received a bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross for service in Kurdistan in 1922, was promoted to Group Captain on 1 April 1939, and was commanding officer of RAF Biggin Hill from December 1940 to June 1941. When World War II ended, he went to Kenya.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviatorsí Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. Frank Ormond Soden. (FRANCE)
      A bold and skilful officer who has accounted for three enemy aeroplanes and two balloons during recent operations.
 
Opponents
#13 Max von MüllerGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Jun 1917 1025 60 Nieuport (B1598) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 Dury
2 03 Jul 1917 1830 60 Nieuport (B1602) Albatros D.V (OOC) Graincourt
3 17 Sep 1917 1830 60 S.E.5a (B543) Albatros D.V (OOC) Polygon Wood
4 20 Sep 1917 1110 60 S.E.5a (B510) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Zonnebeke
5 21 Sep 1917 0700 60 S.E.5a (B523) Albatros D.V (OOC) Langemarck
6 21 Oct 1917 1615 60 S.E.5a (B543) C (DES) 1 Houthoulst
7 01 Nov 1917 1345 60 S.E.5a (A8898) C (OOC) 2 Moorslede
8 01 Nov 1917 1410 60 S.E.5a (A8898) C (OOC) 2 Moorslede
9 05 Nov 1917 1215 60 S.E.5a (B543) Albatros D.V (DES) Houthoulst
10 06 Nov 1917 0730 60 S.E.5a (B543) C (DES) 2 Zonnebeke
11 18 Dec 1917 0815 60 S.E.5a (A8934) Albatros C (OOC) 3 Gheluvelt
12 01 Jan 1918 1050 60 S.E.5a (C5332) DFW C (OOC) 4 W of Roulers
13 09 Jan 1918 1645 60 S.E.5a (C5332) Albatros D.V (DESF) 5 Moorslede
14 28 Jan 1918 1330 60 S.E.5a (C5332) Albatros D.V (OOC) Handzaeme
15 05 Feb 1918 1130 60 S.E.5a (C5332) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Becelaere
16 05 Feb 1918 1130 60 S.E.5a (C5332) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Becelaere
17 08 Aug 1918 1145 41 S.E.5a (E1300) Fokker D.VII (DESF) W of Proyart
18 25 Aug 1918 1900 41 S.E.5a (E1300) Fokker D.VII (DESF) S of Comines
19 29 Aug 1918 0920 41 S.E.5a (E4048) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Steenwerck
20 15 Sep 1918 1700 41 S.E.5a (C1913) Balloon (DES) Beaucamps
21 08 Oct 1918 1233 41 S.E.5a (F5545) DFW C (DES) 6 Ledeghem
22 10 Oct 1918 1645 41 S.E.5a (F5545) Fokker D.VII (DESF) 7 N of Moorslede
23 14 Oct 1918 0920 41 S.E.5a (F5545) Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Roulers
24 14 Oct 1918 1620 41 S.E.5a (F5545) Fokker D.VII (DES) Inglemunster
25 26 Oct 1918 1440 41 S.E.5a (F5545) Balloon (DES) Mellen
26 28 Oct 1918 1530 41 S.E.5a (F5545) Fokker D.VII (CAP) Ooteghem
27 31 Oct 1918 1010 41 S.E.5a (E4082) Fokker D.VII (OOC) S of Audenarde

1 Shared with Lt William Rutherford, 2Lt Graham Young
2 Shared with Capt William Rutherford
3 Shared with Lt A W Morey (B510)
4 Shared with 2Lt John Crompton
5 Shared with Capt Robert Chidlaw-Roberts, Capt G Zimmer & 2Lt H Somerville
6 Shared with Lt Eric Stephens
7 Shared with Maj Geoffrey Bowman
 
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