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Name: William Hargrove Chisam
Photo courtesy of Mike Westrop
Country: England
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Unit: 3N, 10N (RNAS)
Victories: 7
Born: 15 November 1894
Place of Birth: Carlisle, Cumberland, England
Died: 1974
Place of Death: Winchester, Hampshire, England
Before he joined the Royal Naval Air Service in January 1916, William Hargrove Chisam learned to fly in the United States, receiving his certificate on a Wright biplane at Augusta, Georgia on 30 December 1915. After serving with the Home Defence at Walmer, he was posted to 10 Naval Squadron at Dunkirk on 2 April 1917 but was reassigned to 3 Naval Squadron five days later. Flying the Sopwith Camel with B Flight, Chisam claimed 7 victories with this squadron before he was wounded in the hand on 26 March 1918.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 03 Sep 1917 0730 3N Sopwith Camel (B3909) Albatros D.V (OOC) Stelhilde
2 11 Sep 1917 1100 3N Sopwith Camel (N6364) Albatros D.V (OOC) Thorout
3 09 Mar 1918 1120 3N Sopwith Camel DFW C (DES) 1 Henin-Lietard
4 10 Mar 1918 1315 3N Sopwith Camel (B7223) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Lens
5 16 Mar 1918 1035 3N Sopwith Camel (B7223) Albatros C (DES) Hermies
6 21 Mar 1918 1645 3N Sopwith Camel (B7223) Albatros C (DES) 2 E of Bapaume
7 24 Mar 1918 1715 3N Sopwith Camel (B7223) Albatros D.V (OOC) Beaumetz

1 Shared with FSL James Glen
2 Shared with FCdr Leonard Rochford, FSL O P Adam (B3798), FSL K D MacLeod (B7222), FSL James Glen, FSL Aubrey Ellwood, FSL C S Devereux (B7228), FSL L A Sands (B7216), FSL Ronald Berlyn, FSL Edwin Hayne
Sopwith Camel Aces of World War 1
Norman Franks / Softcover / Osprey Publishing (March 25, 2003)
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