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Name: Oliver Campbell Bryson
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Oliver Campbell Bryson
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 19
Victories: 12
Born: 18 August 1897
Place of Birth: Brent Green, Worcestershire
Died: 27 March 1977
Place of Death:  
Lieutenant Oliver Campbell Bryson, of the 1st Dorsetshire Yeomanry, received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 4284 on 26 December 1916.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Oliver Campbell Bryson, Yeo. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He made several difficult fligihts in most unfavourable weather, and destroyed several hostile machines. He proved himself a determined and undaunted leader, and set a splendid example of courage on all occasions.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Flight Lieutenant Oliver Campbell Bryson, M.C., A.M. (Dor. Yeo.).
   Has commanded a Squadron of heavy bombing machines in North Russia during the whole of the summer of 1919, during which period he carried out a large number of successful raids on the enemy's territory.
   During the operations on the Dwina in August, and on the Pinega in September, 1919, he flew a Snipe machine with exceptional skill and daring. A very gallant officer he has proved himself during these exceptionally difficult aerial operations.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Aug 1917 1835 19 SPAD (B3569) C (OOC) NW of Houthoulst Wood
2 25 Sep 1917 1815 19 SPAD (B3646) Albatros D.III (DES) SE of Houthem
3 24 Oct 1917 0850 19 SPAD (A6780) Albatros D.III (OOC) NNE of Menin
4 31 Oct 1917 0950 19 SPAD (A6780) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Westroosebeke
5 12 Nov 1917 1020 19 SPAD (A6780) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Gheluwe
6 29 Nov 1917 1245 19 SPAD (A6780) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 E of Becelaere
7 06 Dec 1917 1542 19 SPAD (A6780) C (OOC) 2 E of Roulers
8 08 Dec 1917 1335 19 SPAD (A6780) Rumpler C (OOC) 3 Tenbrielen-Wervicq
9 18 Dec 1917 1035 19 SPAD (A6802) C (OOC) 4 Comines
10 19 Dec 1917 1130 19 SPAD (A6780) C (DES) 4 W of Passchendaele
11 22 Dec 1917 1420 19 SPAD (A6780) Albatros D.III (DESF) 5 S of Quesnoy
12 08 Mar 1918 1110 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3837) Albatros D.V (DES) Gheluvelt

1 Shared with Lt Norman William Hustings (B1660), Capt G W Taylor (B6805)
2 Shared with Lt Arthur Fairclough (B6836), Lt R G Holt (B6802), Lt Eric Olivier (A6714)
3 Shared with Lt Arthur Fairclough (B3528), Capt G W Taylor (B6805)
4 Shared with Lt Arthur Fairclough (B3528)
5 Shared with Lt E J Blyth (B3563), Lt Eric Olivier (A6714), Lt Arthur Fairclough (B6802), Capt G W Taylor (B6805), Maj Albert Carter (A8836), Lt H E Galer (A8834)
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