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Name: Leonard Monteagle Barlow
Military Cross (MC) and 2 Bars Leonard Barlow
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 56
Victories: 20
Born: 05 June 1898
Place of Birth: Islington, London
Died: 05 February 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Martlesham Heath
Cemetery: Bandon Hill Cemetery, Surrey
 
 
The son of Leonard and Catherine (Monteagle) Barlow, Leonard Monteagle Barlow's father was an engineer. Following in his father's footsteps, Barlow studied electical engineering before he joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. As an S.E.5 pilot, he was known for his resourcefulness. "The Gadget King" developed a method to fire his Vickers and Lewis machine guns simultaneously with a single trigger. On 25 September 1917, he attacked four German aircraft over the Houthulst Forest and shot down three of them in three minutes. Barlow was killed while testing a Sopwith Dolphin.
 
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Leonard Mcnteagle Barlow, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when engaged in aerial combats. He has set a very fine example of courage and dash in attacking and destroying hostile machines. He also attacked and stopped a goods train, silenced a machine gun on an enemy aerodrome, and dispersed troops on the roads from a very low altitude.
 
 
Military Cross (MC) First Bar
2nd Lt. Leonard Monteagle Barlow, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial combats over a considerable period, during the course of which he destroyed six enemy machines and drove down three out of control. He has taken part in over sixty offensive patrols, of which he led ten. His gallantry and skill have been most marked and consistent.
   (M.C. gazetted 25th August, 1917.)
 
 
Military Cross (MC) Second Bar
Lt. Leonard Monteagle Barlow, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial combats. In the course of a fortnight he destroyed several enemy machines; one occasion he attacked four enemy scouts and shot one down in flames, and two others, which were seen to crash. He showed the greatest gallantry, dash and skill.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Apr 1917 1140 56 S.E.5 (A4858) Albatros C (OOC) 1 Bellone
2 27 May 1917 0615-0700 56 S.E.5 (A4858) C (DES) Plouvain
3 27 May 1917 0615-0700 56 S.E.5 (A4858) C (DES) Plouvain
4 13 Jul 1917 2000 56 S.E.5 (A8910) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
5 17 Jul 1917 2015 56 S.E.5 (A8910) Albatros D.V (DES) 2 Roulers-Menin Road
6 26 Jul 1917 1930-2030 56 S.E.5 (B507) Albatros D.V (DES) Roulers-Menin Road
7 05 Aug 1917 1930-2030 56 S.E.5 (B507) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Dadizeele
8 14 Aug 1917 0930-1030 56 S.E.5 (B507) C (DES) Moorslede
9 17 Aug 1917 1920-1945 56 S.E.5 (B507) Albatros D.V (DES) Moorslede
10 17 Aug 1917 1920-1945 56 S.E.5 (B507) Albatros D.V (OOC) Wervicq
11 20 Aug 1917 1850-1930 56 S.E.5 (B507) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Roulers
12 20 Aug 1917 1850-1930 56 S.E.5 (B507) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Polygon Wood
13 16 Sep 1917 1830 56 S.E.5 (B511) Albatros D.V (DES) Wervicq
14 24 Sep 1917 1715-1830 56 S.E.5 (B511) C (DES) S of Houthoulst Forest
15 25 Sep 1917 1740 56 S.E.5 (B511) Albatros D.V (DESF) Houthoulst Forest
16 25 Sep 1917 1740 56 S.E.5 (B511) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Houthoulst Forest
17 25 Sep 1917 1740 56 S.E.5 (B511) Pfalz D.III (DES) Houthoulst Forest
18 27 Sep 1917 1730-1845 56 S.E.5 (B511) Albatros D.V (OOC) Menin-Roulers Road
19 28 Sep 1917 0815-0840 56 S.E.5 (B511) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Houthoulst Forest
20 01 Oct 1917 1700-1815 56 S.E.5 (B511) Albatros D.V (OOC) 3 Westroosebeke

1 Shared with Capt Cyril Crowe, Lt M A Kay (A4866)
2 Shared with Capt Ian Henderson, 2Lt Arthur Rhys Davids, 2Lt Kenneth Muspratt, Lt V P Cronyn (A4856)
3 Shared with Capt James McCudden, Lt Arthur Rhys Davids, Lt M H Coote (B1), Lt D J Reason (A8961)
 
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