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Name: Lawrence Percival Coombes
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Lawrence Coombes
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 10N, 12N (RNAS)
204, 210 (RAF)
Victories: 15
Born: 09 April 1899
Place of Birth: Madras, India
Died: 02 June 1988
Place of Death: Melbourne, Australia
 
 
Born in India and educated in London, Lawrence Percival Coombes joined the Royal Naval Air Service in July 1917. Assigned to 12 Naval Squadron in January 1918, he was posted to 10 Naval Squadron two weeks later. After downing 15 enemy aircraft as a Sopwith Camel pilot, he returned to England in August 1918 and served the remainder of the war as an instructor with 204 Training Squadron in Eastchurch. Discharged from the Royal Air Force in March 1919, Coombes and two friends spent the summer barnstorming throughout Lancashire in surplus B.E.2e's. After obtaining a degree in engineering from London University, Coombes was employed by the Royal Aircraft Establishment and later served as technical advisor to the 1927 Schnieder Trophy Team. He emigrated to Australia in 1938 when he was selected to establish the Aero Research Laboratory in Melbourne. In 1960, while serving as a United Nations advisor, Coombes helped India establish its first aeronautical research laboratories.

Coombes personal records were deposited with the La Trobe Library, State Library of Victoria, in 1993.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Laurence Percival Coombes.
   This officer displays conspicuous bravery and skill in attacking enemy aeroplanes. During the last three months he has accounted for five.
 
Opponents
#9 Kurt SchönfelderGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Mar 1918 0920 10N Sopwith Camel (B6358) Albatros D.V (DESF) Menin-Roulers
2 09 Apr 1918 1545 210 Sopwith Camel (B6358) Albatros D.V (DESF) N of La Bassée
3 08 May 1918 1055 210 Sopwith Camel (B7252) Albatros D.V (OOC) Armentières
4 11 May 1918 1925 210 Sopwith Camel (B7252) Albatros D.V (OOC) Armentières
5 27 May 1918 0820 210 Sopwith Camel (B7153) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 Bailleul
6 01 Jun 1918 1745 210 Sopwith Camel (B7153) C (DES) 1 3 mi S of Bailleul
7 10 Jun 1918 0815 210 Sopwith Camel (D3387) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Kemmel
8 23 Jun 1918 2000 210 Sopwith Camel (D3387) Fokker D.VII (DES) 3 mi SW of Armentières
9 26 Jun 1918 1920 210 Sopwith Camel (D3387) Fokker D.VII (DES) 2 1 mi W of Armentières
10 26 Jun 1918 1945 210 Sopwith Camel (D3387) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 2 Ypres-Dickebusch
11 26 Jun 1918 1945 210 Sopwith Camel (D3387) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 2 Ypres-Dickebusch
12 26 Jun 1918 1945 210 Sopwith Camel (D3387) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 2 Ypres-Dickebusch
13 06 Jul 1918 1155 210 Sopwith Camel (D3387) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Lestrem
14 31 Jul 1918 1115 210 Sopwith Camel (D9673) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 3 Nieuport-Dixmude
15 31 Jul 1918 1825 210 Sopwith Camel (D9673) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 3 Wervicq

1 Shared with Lt Clement Payton
2 Shared with Lt Kenneth Unger, Lt Ivan Sanderson
3 Shared with Lt Ivan Sanderson
 
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