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Name: Eric Guy Brookes
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 65
Victories: 6
Born: 1894
Place of Birth: Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Died: 08 August 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: N of Harbonnières
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery, Harbonnières, Somme, France
Eric Guy Brookes was living in Hucclecote, Gloucestershire in 1901.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Eric Guy Brookes.
   While leading a patrol of six machines, escort to a bombing formation, he drove off a patrol of fifteen enemy scouts that was about to attack the bombers, shooting down one of the scouts in flames, and so enabled the bombers to complete their task. After protecting another bombing formation from a threatened attack, he escorted a third formation, to and from the lines, although by that time the number of his machines was reduced to three. On the last journey two enemy triplanes attacked one of the bombers, whose observer had been killed; engaging them, he drove one down out of control and forced the other to retire. He is a skilful and fearless officer, who has done excellent work in reconnaissance and in attacking enemy troops close to the ground.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 May 1918 1945 65 Sopwith Camel (C8291) Albatros D.V (DES) Albert
2 18 Jun 1918 0930 65 Sopwith Camel (C8291) Fokker DR.I (DESF) Morcourt
3 18 Jun 1918 0930 65 Sopwith Camel (C8291) Albatros D.V (OOC) Morcourt
4 02 Jul 1918 2027 65 Sopwith Camel (C8291) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Bayonvillers
5 08 Aug 1918 1225 65 Sopwith Camel (D8119) Fokker D.VII (CAP) 1 Proyart
6 08 Aug 1918 1225 65 Sopwith Camel (D8119) Fokker D.VII (CAP) 1 Proyart

1 Shared with Lt Joseph White, Lt Gordon Tod, Lt F Edsted, Lt C Tolley, Lt D Oxley
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