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Name: Sidney Joseph "Jack" Cottle
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Silver Medal for Military Valor [Italy]
Jack Cottle
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 45
Victories: 14
Born: 19 June 1894
Place of Birth: Bengal, India
Died: 15 August 1967
Place of Death: India
 
 
Sidney Joseph Cottle joined the South African Mounted Rifles in 1914. In 1917, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to 45 Squadron in Italy. Flying the Sopwith Camel, he scored 13 victories before his squadron returned to France for the final months of the war. Cottle was wounded in action on 30 May 1918. On the morning of 31 August 1918, he shot down three Albatros D.IIIs, killing Austro-Hungarian ace Josef Pürer and capturing Otto Forster of Flik 3J. Cottle remained in the RAF at the end of the war, later serving in India and Iraq. He received an MBE before his retirement in 1942 and a few years later, he and his wife moved to India.

Living with his grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Collins, in Plymouth, Devon in 1901.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Jack Cottle.
   On the 20th of August this officer engaged a two-seater, which crashed. On the evening of the same date he shot down another two-seater, which fell within our lines. In all he has destroyed or shot down seven enemy machines. He is a determined leader of patrols, and conspicuous for devotion to duty.
 
Opponents
#9 Josef PürerAustro-Hungarian Empire
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 Mar 1918 1130 45 Sopwith Camel (B6354) DFW C (DES) 1 SE of Salgarada
2 18 May 1918 0715 45 Sopwith Camel (B5181) Albatros D.III (DESF) Poncegno, W of Borgo
3 05 Jul 1918 1815 45 Sopwith Camel (B7380) Hansa-Brandenburg C (DESF) Astica, near Casotta
4 12 Jul 1918 0945 45 Sopwith Camel (D8113) LVG C (DES) Mt. Cismon
5 31 Jul 1918 0915 45 Sopwith Camel (D8237) Phönix D.I (DESF) Fontane
6 05 Aug 1918 1030 45 Sopwith Camel (D8237) D (DES) Mt. Grappa
7 20 Aug 1918 1045 45 Sopwith Camel (D8237) C (DES) Torre an Levenza
8 20 Aug 1918 1910 45 Sopwith Camel (D8237) C (CAP) S of Asiago
9 31 Aug 1918 0935 45 Sopwith Camel (D8237) Albatros D.III (DES) Peralto
10 31 Aug 1918 0940 45 Sopwith Camel (D8237) Albatros D.III (CAP) Arsiero
11 31 Aug 1918 0945 45 Sopwith Camel (D8237) Albatros D.III (CAP) Posino
12 31 Aug 1918 1035 45 Sopwith Camel (D8327) C (OOC) Valsugana, Pesina
13 03 Nov 1918 1155 45 Sopwith Camel (D8211) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Herbeville
14 05 Nov 1918 1200 45 Sopwith Camel (D8327) Rumpler C (DES) E of Diaze

1 Shared with 2Lt Richard Dawes
 
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