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Name: Alan John Bott
Military Cross (MC) and Bar Alan Bott
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 70, 111
Victories: 5
Born: 14 January 1893
Place of Birth: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Died: 17 September 1952
Place of Death: Westminster, London, England
Alan Bott joined the Royal Flying Corps after serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery. Posted to 70 Squadron in 1916, he scored 3 victories as an observer aboard Sopwith 1½ Strutters. On 24 August 1916, Bott and his pilot, Awdry Vaucour, were shot up and forced to land by Leopold Reimann of Jasta 1. After pilot training in 1917, Bott joined 111 Squadron in the Sinai desert and scored 2 more victories before he was shot down in flames and captured on 22 April 1918. Imprisoned in Turkey, he escaped four months later. After the war he became a journalist and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 8309 on the D.H.60 "Moth" at the Hampshire Aero Club on 3 June 1928. In 1944 Bott founded PAN Books.
  • Cavalry of the Clouds
    Published in 1917 as "An Airman's Outing," English ace Alan Bott describes the daily life of a British flying officer in France
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
  Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 02 Sep 1916 1905 70 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A892) 1 Fokker E (DES) Bourlon Wood
2 02 Sep 1916 1925 70 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A892) 1 Fokker E (OOC) Ytres-Sailly
3 15 Sep 1916 1840 70 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A892) 1 Fokker E (DES) Hendicourt
4 14 Apr 1918 1755 111 Nieuport (B3595) C (FTL-DES) NE of Arsum
5 15 Apr 1918 1700 111 Nieuport (B3595) C (DES) SE of Tul Keram

1 Pilot 2Lt Awdry Vancour
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