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Name: James Dacres Belgrave
Military Cross (MC) and Bar James Dacres Belgrave
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 45, 60, 61
Victories: 18
Born: 27 September 1896
Place of Birth: Kensington, London
Died: 13 June 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: E of Albert
Cemetery: Grove Town Cemetery, Méaulte, Somme, France
 
 
The son of a barrister, James Belgrave of Kensington, James Dacres Belgrave enlisted in December 1914. Whilst serving with the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, he was wounded in action in November 1915 and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in July 1916. Posted to 45 Squadron, he scored 6 victories flying the Sopwith 1½ Strutter in 1917. He served with 61 Squadron on Home Defence before joining 60 Squadron as a flight commander in April 1918. Flying the S.E.5a, he scored 12 more victories before he and another member of his flight were shot down east of Albert on 13 June 1918.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. James Dacres Belgrave, Oxf. and Bucks. L.I. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On at least five occasions he successfully engaged and shot down hostile aeroplanes, and has consistently shown great courage and determination to get to the closest range; an invaluable example in a fighting squadron.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
Lt. (T./Capt.) James Dacres Belgrave, M.C., Ox. & Bucks. L.I., attd. R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst leading offensive patrols. In four days he destroyed two enemy machines and drove down four others. The odds were heavy against him, and he did magnificent work.
   (M.C. gazetted 18th July, 1917.)
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 Feb 1917 1200 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (7775) Albatros D (OOC) Menin
2 18 Mar 1917 1630 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A2384) C (DESF) NE of Ploegsteert Wood
3 05 May 1917 1145 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A2382) Albatros D.III (OOC) Becelaere
4 07 May 1917 1845 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A2382) Albatros D.III (DESF) Lille
5 24 May 1917 1945 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8223) Albatros D.III (OOC) Zonnebeke
6 27 May 1917 0630 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter Albatros D.III (OOC) Roulers
7 15 May 1918 1945 60 S.E.5a (C1056) Albatros D.V (DES) Arras-Cambrai Road
8 15 May 1918 1950 60 S.E.5a (C1056) Albatros D.V (OOC) Croisilles
9 16 May 1918 1615 60 S.E.5a (B151) Albatros D.V (OOC) Bapaume
10 18 May 1918 1115 60 S.E.5a (B151) DFW C (OOC) Carnoy
11 18 May 1918 1130 60 S.E.5a (B151) Albatros D.V (DES) Carnoy
12 21 May 1918 0930 60 S.E.5a (D5988) LVG C (OOC) Courcelette
13 23 May 1918 0550 60 S.E.5a (D5988) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 Fricourt
14 28 May 1918 0510 60 S.E.5a (D5988) LVG C (DESF) Albert
15 05 Jun 1918 1930 60 S.E.5a (D5988) Fokker DR.I (DESF) Proyart
16 09 Jun 1918 1045 60 S.E.5a (D5988) Hannover C (DESF) 1 Arras
17 09 Jun 1918 1050 60 S.E.5a (D5988) Hannover C (OOC) 1 Arras
18 13 Jun 1918 0445 60 S.E.5a (D5988) C (DES) E of Albert

1 Shared with Capt Alfred Saunders
 
Books
Norman Franks. SE 5/5a Aces of World War I. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2007
 
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