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Name: Orlando Clive "Bridget" Bridgeman
Military Cross (MC) Orlando Bridgeman
Country: England
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 70, 80
Victories: 5
Born: 30 November 1898
Place of Birth: Donnington, Shropshire
Died: 21 December 1931
Place of Death: London
Educated at Harrow School, Orlando Clive Bridgeman, the son of Brigadier General Francis C. Bridgeman, entered the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and was posted to 70 Squadron. He was wounded in action on 25 August 1917 when his Sopwith Camel was shot up by Hermann Göring of Jasta 27. After recovering from his wounds he was reassigned to 80 Squadron as a flight commander in March 1918. On 10 May, Bridgeman scored his third and fourth victories but lost most of his flight in a desperate battle with Jasta 11. For his actions that day, he received the only Military Cross awarded to a member of 80 Squadron. Bridgeman died from blood poisoning in 1931.
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Orlando Clive Bridgeman, Gen. List, attd. R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. The patrol he was leading was attacked by twenty or thirty enemy aeroplanes, of which he destroyed two himself, and by skilful manoeuvring enabled two others to be crashed by officers of his patrol. His tactics and gallantry undoubtedly prevented what might have been a severe reverse to his patrol. On many occasions his work in attacking troops and other ground targets from low altitudes has been excellent, and his example and skilful leadership have been of great value to his squadron.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Mar 1918 80 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Le Catelet
2 11 Apr 1918 80 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (DESF) Bois du Riez
3 10 May 1918 1840 80 Sopwith Camel (D6481) Fokker DR.I (DESF) Morcourt
4 10 May 1918 1841 80 Sopwith Camel (D6481) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Morcourt
5 27 Jun 1918 1030 80 Sopwith Camel (D6481) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Neuve-Chapelle
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