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Name: Arthur Claydon
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 32
Victories: 7
Born: 25 September 1885
Place of Birth: Deeping St. James, Lincolnshire.
Died: 08 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Carvin
Cemetery: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
Arthur Claydon was a general contractor living in Winnipeg, Manitoba when he enlisted on 18 February 1916. After serving with an artillery regiment, Claydon transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. Posted to 32 Squadron later that year, he was shot down by Max von Müller on 11 November 1917 but survived and scored his first victory flying the D.H.5. In May and June of 1918, he scored six more victories flying the S.E.5a but was killed in action when he was shot down by Paul Billik of Jasta 52.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (temp. Capt.) Arthur Claydon (formerly Canadian Fd. Arty.).
   Recently this officer, single-handed, went to the assistance of another pilot, who was attacked by eleven Fokker biplanes and six scouts. By his gallant conduct and skilful manoeuvring he not only extricated the pilot, but drove down several of the enemy aeroplanes. He has shown great initiative and gallantry in locating, bombing and attacking troops on the ground from low altitudes.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 20 Nov 1917 0800 32 D.H.5 (A9300) C (DESF) 1 Passchendaele
2 08 May 1918 0935 32 S.E.5a (C1089) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Dury-Vitry
3 08 May 1918 1015 32 S.E.5a (C1089) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Vitry
4 28 May 1918 1845 32 S.E.5a (C1089) Pfalz D.III (OOC) NW of Armentières
5 12 Jun 1918 1630 32 S.E.5a (C1089) Fokker D.VII (DES) Cuvilly
6 13 Jun 1918 0600 32 S.E.5a (C1089) Albatros D.V (DES) Couchy
7 25 Jun 1918 1815 32 S.E.5a (C1089) C (DESF) Fleurbaix-Laventie

1 Shared with Lt A L Cuffe (B4924), 2Lt Walter Tyrrell
 
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