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Name: Charles Chaplin "Sandy" Banks
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 43, 44
Victories: 13
Born: 1893/1894
Place of Birth: London
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
The son of Helen Agnes and Charles P. Banks, schoolmaster and owner of Arnold House Preparatory School in Llanddulas, Denbigh, Wales, Charles Chaplin Banks served with the 5th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers before joining the Royal Flying Corps in October 1916. He scored 10 victories flying the Sopwith Camel. Serving with 44 Squadron, he scored his first victory over a Gotha bomber (938/16) in January 1918 and was awarded the Military Cross (MC). He joined 43 Squadron in France in February 1918 and was the first pilot to down a Friedrickshafen two-seater. In September 1918, Banks began flying the Sopwith Snipe, claiming three more victories by the end of the war.

Birth registered in 1st quarter of 1894 at Hampstead, Middlesex; 1901 residence at Kendal, Westmorland.

Banks' younger brother, Arthur Chaplin Banks, who served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was killed in action on 22 June 1916. He was 20. His name appears on a small plaque at the Llanddulas War Memorial on the A457 in a fenced enclosure opposite the Royal British Legion Club. He was buried in the Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France - Plot II, Row A, Grave 1.

Banks' son Arthur, a fighter pilot during World War II, was shot down, captured and executed by the enemy.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. George Henry Hackwill, Gen. List and R.F.C.
Lt. Charles Chaplin Banks, R. Welsh Fus., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry displayed when they engaged and shot down a Gotha raiding London.
   During the engagement, which lasted a considerable time, they were continually under fire from the enemy machine.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Charles Chaplin Banks, M.C. (FRANCE)
   A brilliant and skilful airman who has been conspicuous for his success in aerial combats. On 30th October he, single handed, engaged five enemy aeroplanes and drove one down out of control. In the fight his aileron controls were shot away, but by skilful handling and with cool presence of mind he brought his machine back and made a successful landing. In addition to the above Capt. Banks has accounted for nine other enemy machines.
   (M.C. gazetted 9th February, 1918.).
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Jan 1918 2210 44 Sopwith Camel (B3827) Gotha G.V (CAP) 1 Frund's Farm
2 06 Apr 1918 1735 43 Sopwith Camel (D1815) Albatros D.V (DES) Guillaucourt
3 12 Apr 1918 1115 43 Sopwith Camel (D1815) Albatros D.V (DES) Bois du Biez
4 03 May 1918 1130 43 Sopwith Camel (D1815) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Villers-Brettoneaux
5 08 May 1918 1315 43 Sopwith Camel (D1815) Fokker DR.I (OOC) SE of Bailleul
6 30 May 1918 1445 43 Sopwith Camel (D1809) Albatros C (OOC) Flers
7 31 May 1918 2350 43 Sopwith Camel (D1894) Friedrickshafen G (CAP)  
8 10 Jun 1918 1915 43 Sopwith Camel (D1809) Albatros D.V (DES) W of Monchy
9 13 Jun 1918 0840 43 Sopwith Camel (D1894) Pfalz D.III (DES) Ribécourt
10 29 Aug 1918 0830 43 Sopwith Camel (F9514) Fokker D.VII (DES) Somain
11 27 Sep 1918 0925 43 Sopwith Snipe (E8028) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Cambrai
12 01 Oct 1918 1030 43 Sopwith Snipe (E8028) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Quiercy
13 30 Oct 1918 1335 43 Sopwith Snipe (E8028) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Aulnoye

1 Shared with George Hackwill
 
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