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Name: Alexander Beck
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Alexander Beck
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 60
Victories: 11
Born: 03 November 1899
Place of Birth: Argentina
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
An S.E.5a pilot, Alexander Beck dropped out of school to join the Royal Flying Corps. Having lied about his age, he was posted to 60 Squadron in July 1917. After flying 13 sorties over the lines, his parents informed the RFC of his true age and Beck was recalled from France. Eventually, he was permitted to rejoin 60 Squadron in March 1918 and became a flight commander. On 1 November 1918, Beck scored 60 Squadron's final victory of the war, shooting down a Fokker D.VII near Mormal Woods.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./ Capt.) Alexander Beck. (FRANCE)
   A bold and skilful leader, who has himself shot down four enemy aeroplanes. His personal courage and able leadership have had a marked influence in maintaining the efficiency of the squadron.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 08 Aug 1918 1255 60 S.E.5a (D6945) Fokker D.VII (DES) Folier-Rosières
2 14 Aug 1918 0615 60 S.E.5a (D6945) Hannover C (DES) Riencourt
3 14 Aug 1918 0945 60 S.E.5a (D6945) Albatros D.V (DES) Guemappe
4 31 Aug 1918 1020 60 S.E.5a (D6945) LVG C (DES) 1 Inchy
5 28 Sep 1918 0825 60 S.E.5a (F5455) LVG C (DES) Cambrai
6 03 Oct 1918 0815 60 S.E.5a (F5455) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Esnes
7 09 Oct 1918 1140 60 S.E.5a (F5455) LVG C (CAP) Bohain
8 22 Oct 1918 1615 60 S.E.5a (F5455) Halberstadt C (CAP) Ovillers
9 26 Oct 1918 1325 60 S.E.5a (F5455) LVG C (DES) 2 Le Quesnoy
10 29 Oct 1918 1450 60 S.E.5a (D6953) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Mormal
11 01 Nov 1918 1600 60 S.E.5a (D6134) Fokker D.VII (DES) 3 Mormal Woods

1 Shared with Lt A R Oliver (D6887)
2 Shared with Lt H C M Orpen (E6029)
3 Shared with Lt F W McCarthy (E6007), 2Lt W B Newth (D380)
 
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