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Name: John Arthur Aldridge
Croix de Guerre [Belgium] John Arthur Aldridge
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 19
Victories: 5
Born: 09 February 1899
Place of Birth: Newington, London, England
Died: November 1988
Place of Death: Hampshire, England
The son of Arthur and Sophia Aldridge, John Arthur Aldridge joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. 2nd Lieutenant Aldridge received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 4846 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Ruislip on 16 June 1917. Posted to 19 Squadron in the spring of 1918, he scored five victories flying the Sopwith Dolphin.

   "Whilst searching for information on the Sopwith Dolphin on the net, I was pleased to find the reference to my father, John Arthur Aldridge, and his service with 19 Squadron RFC in WW1.
   "He was re-commissioned in the Air Training Corps in WWII, and was disappointed at not being able to wear his RFC wings. He thought the RAF version was less glamorous. He inspired many cadets and once took over the controls of a Tiger Moth when flying from FairOaks aerodrome. He thought that it was easier to fly and later considered commercial pilots to be ‘bus drivers.’
   "He was the Secretary at the Veterinary Laboratory near Woking and was awarded the MBE for his activities in the Civil Service. He died aged 90 years after a long and happy marriage
John Aldridge, son of John Arthur Aldridge, 9 August 2006
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Apr 1918 1915 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3833) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Steenwerck
2 27 May 1918 1055 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3833) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Arras
3 01 Jul 1918 1430 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3833) LVG C (DES) 1 W of Steenwerck
4 02 Jul 1918 0530 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3833) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Estaires
5 27 Sep 1918 0735 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3833) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NW of Cambrai

1 Shared with Capt Gordon Irving, Lt James Hardman
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