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Name: Jack Escott Child
Lives of the First World War
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 45
Victories: 5
Born: 1889
Place of Birth: Leytonstone, Essex, England
Died: 3 November 1918
Place of Death: Faversham, Kent, England
Cemetery: Chingford Mount Cemetery, London, England Image
A Sopwith Camel pilot with 45 Squadron, Jack Escott Child, brother of James Martin Child, was the oldest son of Tylney Harris and Constance Octavio (Oxley) Child. He served in the Territorial Artillery before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in February 1917. He scored three victories in France and two victories in Italy. On 10 March 1918, his flight was mistakenly attacked by Italian scouts. In the brief action that followed, Child may have downed one of the Italians. He died of pneumonia at Lees Court Military Hospital during the influenza pandemic in 1918.

WO 339/102401

Appears as James E. Child in Above the Trenches
Flight, No. 519. (No. 49, Vol. X.), 5 Dec 1918, 1389
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 Sep 1917 1200 45 Sopwith Camel (B2328) Albatros D.III (OOC) E of Ypres
2 27 Oct 1917 1015 45 Sopwith Camel (B2443) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 NE of Comines
3 08 Nov 1917 1025 45 Sopwith Camel Junkers J.I (DES) Westroosebeke
4 22 Feb 1918 1300 45 Sopwith Camel (B2443) Albatros D.III (DESF) Salgareda
5 07 Jul 1918 abt 0900 45 Sopwith Camel (D1975) LVG C (DES) Val d'Assa

1 Shared with Lt Matthew Frew and 2Lt Raymond Brownell
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