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Name: John William Aldred
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 3, 5, 70
Victories: 8
Born: 26 August 1884
Place of Birth: Little Hulton, Lancashire
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
John William Aldred was promoted to temporary Second Lieutenant whilst serving with The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) on 29 November 1915. After serving with the 11th King's Own Royal Lancashire Regiment, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. Flying the B.E.2c as an observer with 5 Squadron, he scored 2 victories in February 1917. As a Sopwith Camel pilot, he scored 3 more victories with 70 Squadron and 3 more victories with 3 Squadron.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Temp. 2nd Lt. John William Aldred, R. Lanc. R. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry during an aerial combat with two hostile scouts. He drove one of the hostile machines down and succeeded in driving the other hostile machine back over the enemy's lines. He displayed great courage and determination throughout.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
T./Lt. (T./Capt.) John William Aldred, M.C., R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst taking part in offensive patrols. During recent operations he destroyed four enemy aircraft and drove down three others out of control. He also did much successful low bombing and firing at low targets. He did splendid service.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Feb 1917 0930 5 B.E.2c (2533) Albatros D.II (DESF) 1 Hébuterne
2 16 Feb 1917 0930 5 B.E.2c (2533) Albatros D.II (OOC) Hébuterne
3 09 Nov 1917 1610 70 Sopwith Camel (B2396) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 Staden
4 05 Feb 1918 1335 70 Sopwith Camel (B5179) C (OOC) Houthoulst-Staden
5 12 Mar 1918 1245 70 Sopwith Camel (B7471) Albatros D.V (DES) 3 Menin-Wervicq
6 15 May 1918 0934 3 Sopwith Camel (C1675) LVG C (DESF) 57C G26
7 15 May 1918 1030 3 Sopwith Camel (C1655) LVG C (OOC) 57D L5
8 19 May 1918 0650 3 Sopwith Camel (C1655) C (CAP) 57D R13

1 Pilot Sgt H G Smith
2 Shared with Lt C Runnels-Moss (B2423)
3 Shared with Lt F J Brotheridge (D6433)
 
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