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Name: Robert David Coath
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 11, 48
Victories: 8
Born: 1894
Place of Birth: Burma (Myanmar)
Died: 1967
Place of Death: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
 
 
The son of David Decimus Coath, Robert David Coath served with the Scottish Horse Yeomanry and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in 1914. After he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, he scored eight victories flying the Bristol Fighter before he was wounded in action on 23 November 1917. Post-war, Coath traveled to Canada and the United States, working as a flying instructor for Bill Purcell at Curtiss field, New York in 1929. He returned to England in 1932 and served with Royal Air Force during World War II.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
The Daily Register-Gazette, Rockford, Illinois, Saturday, 16 Mar 1929, page 22
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 13 Jul 1917 0915 48 Bristol Fighter (A7106) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 Slype
2 21 Jul 1917 1800 48 Bristol Fighter (A7164) Albatros D.III (OOC) 2 Slype
3 12 Aug 1917 1045 48 Bristol Fighter (A7164) Albatros D.III (DESF) 3 Slype
4 12 Aug 1917 1045 48 Bristol Fighter (A7164) Albatros D.III (OOC) 3 Slype
5 21 Aug 1917 1940 48 Bristol Fighter (A7213) Albatros D.V (DESF) 4 E of Westende
6 22 Aug 1917 0900 48 Bristol Fighter (A7213) Albatros D.V (DES) 4 SW of Ostende
7 22 Aug 1917 0915 48 Bristol Fighter (A7213) Albatros D.V (OOC) 4 Slype-Westende
8 27 Oct 1917 1115 11 Bristol Fighter (A7128) Albatros D.V (OOC) 5 Ribicourt

1 Observer 2Lt Alexander Merchant
2 Observer Lt L H Tanner; shared with Capt Brian Baker & Lt G R Spencer (A7107), Lt Robert Dodds & Lt Thomas Tuffield (A7153)
3 Observer AM2 William Walker
4 Observer Lt Alan Light
5 Observer 2Lt K F Jones
 
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