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Name: William Arthur Bond
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Unit: 40
Victories: 5
Born: 27 June 1889
Place of Birth: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Died: 22 July 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Sallaumines, France
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Serving with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 2nd Lieutenant William Arthur Bond received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3913 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Military School, Birmingham on 23 November 1916. Wounded in the Dardenelles in 1916, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to 40 Squadron in 1917. In 1918, Bond's wife published his letters home from the front in "An Airman's Wife."
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC) Bar
T./Lt. William Arthur Bond, M.C., Yorks. L.I. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While on patrol he attacked at close range a hostile machine, which was sent down out of control. Shortly afterwards he attacked another, which stalled and fell sideways. On another date he flew over the lines at about 50 feet and attacked a hostile balloon, bringing it down in flames.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 May 1917 1640 40 Nieuport (B1545) C (OOC) 2 mi SW of Douai
2 28 May 1917 1950 40 Nieuport (B1545) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 NE of Douai
3 28 May 1917 2020 40 Nieuport (B1545) Albatros D.III (OOC) NE of Douai
4 05 Jun 1917 2050 40 Nieuport (B1545) Albatros D.III (DES) Fampoux
5 09 Jun 1917 2020 40 Nieuport (B1545) Albatros D.III (OOC) N of Douai

1 Shared with Lt Albert Godfrey
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