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Name: Kelvin Crawford
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 60
Victories: 5
Born: 1895
Place of Birth: Handsworth, Surrey, England
Killed In Action: 11 April 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Bucquoy, France
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
Nine days after he joined 24 Squadron on 17 October 1916, Kelvin Crawford scored his first victory. Scoring his second victory on 22 November, he and John Andrews shot down an Albatros D.II flown by Stefan Kirmaier, commander of Jasta 2. Before returning to the Home Establishment on 3 July 1917, Crawford achieved two more victories flying the D.H.2 and his last victory flying a D.H.5. He was posted to 60 Squadron in March 1918 but was killed in action the following month.

The son of William and Elizabeth M. Crawford; 1901 residence, Wandsworth, London; birth registered in 2nd quarter 1895 at Wandsworth
 
Opponents
#2 Stefan KirmaierGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 26 Oct 1916 0800 24 D.H.2 (A2459) Halberstadt D.II (OOC) Bapaume
2 22 Nov 1916 1310 24 D.H.2 (5925) Albatros D.II (CAP) 1 Les Boeufs
3 20 Dec 1916 1200 24 D.H.2 (6008) Albatros D.I (DES) 2 Velu
4 02 Apr 1917 0850 24 D.H.2 (5925) Albatros D.II (DES) 3 Gouzeaucourt
5 10 May 1917 1450 24 D.H.5 (A2581) Albatros D.III (DES) Villers Guislain

1 Shared with Capt John Andrews
2 Shared with Capt Selden Long
3 Shared with Capt C R Cox & L C Welford (4855)
 
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