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Name: Charles Meredith Bouverie Chapman
Military Cross (MC)
Order of Leopold, Chevalier [Belgium]
Croix de Guerre [Belgium]
Charles Meredith Bouverie Chapman
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Unit: 24, 29
Victories: 7
Born: 09 January 1892
Place of Birth: Bridge, Kent
Died: 01 October 1917 Died From Wounds
Place of Death: Poperinghe, Belgium
Cemetery: Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Image
Commissioned in 1913, Charles Meredith Bouverie Chapman served with the 3rd Battalion of the East Kent Regiment before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 1 July 1915. He received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1491 on a L. & P. biplane at London and Provincial School, Edgware on 31 July 1915. In 1916 he was posted to 24 Squadron in France where he scored 3 victories as a D.H.2 pilot. In 1917, he was reassigned to 29 Squadron and assumed command of the unit in July. Claiming 4 more victories that year, Chapman was fatally wounded when his aerodrome at Poperinghe was bombed. The day after his funeral, Chapman's brother, an observer with 22 Squadron, was killed in action.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Charles Meredith Bouverie Chapman, E. Kent R., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and skill in action against hostile aeroplanes. On one occasion he attacked three L.V.G.'s and one Fokker, shooting the latter down. Later, during an air battle with eleven enemy machines, he brought another Fokker down.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Jun 1916 1915 24 D.H.2 (6016) LVG C (DES) Courcelles
2 14 Jul 1916 1940 24 D.H.2 (5992) Fokker E (DES) Beaulencourt
3 20 Jul 1916 2045 24 D.H.2 (5924) Fokker E (DES) High Wood
4 11 May 1917 1040 29 Nieuport (B1517) Albatros D. III (OOC) Biache
5 04 Jun 1917 1820 29 Nieuport (B1517) Albatros D. III (CAP) Fontaine-les-Croisilles
6 27 Jun 1917 1850 29 Nieuport (B3452) Albatros D. III (OOC) Croisilles-Pronville
7 17 Sep 1917 0820 29 Nieuport (B3485) Albatros D. III (OOC) E of Staden
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