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Name: Frederick John Shaw Britnell
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 3N (RNAS)
203 (RAF)
Victories: 9
Born: 16 April 1899
Place of Birth: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: 1980
Place of Death: Oxfordshire, England
The son of Frederick and Cordelia Britnell, Frederick John Shaw Britnell scored nine victories flying the Sopwith Camel.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Frederick John Shaw Britnell. (FRANCE)
   This officer has flown about 500 hours on active service, and on all occasions, when engaged with the enemy, has shown great dash and marked courage. He has carried out some 162 special missions, and has engaged enemy troops, transport, &c., from very low altitudes with great success.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 Mar 1918 1315 3N Sopwith Camel (B7251) Albatros D.V (DES) 2 mi SE of Lens
2 24 Mar 1918 1530 3N Sopwith Camel (B7228) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 Vaux
3 15 May 1918 1050 203 Sopwith Camel (B7251) DFW C.V (OOC) 2 1 mi E of Pont du Hem
4 16 May 1918 1120 203 Sopwith Camel (B7251) Pfalz D.III (OOC) N of La Bassée
5 27 Aug 1918 1210 203 Sopwith Camel (D9611) DFW C.V (DES) 2 S of Combles
6 16 Sep 1918 1840 203 Sopwith Camel (D9611) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Haynescourt
7 20 Sep 1918 1530 203 Sopwith Camel (D9611) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Haynescourt
8 26 Sep 1918 1315 203 Sopwith Camel (D9611) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Haynescourt
9 02 Oct 1918 0800-1000 203 Sopwith Camel (D9679) Balloon (DES) Near Cambrai

1 Shared with FCdr Frederick Armstrong, FSL S Smith, FSL Ronald Berlyn, FLt Edwin Hayne, FSL Louis Bawlf, FCdr Arthur Whealy, FLt Edmund Pierce
2 Shared with Capt Arthur Whealy
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