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Name: Cyril Marconi "Billy" Crowe
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Cyril Crowe
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 4, 8, 16, 56, 60, 85
Victories: 15
Born: 06 January 1894
Place of Birth: Wellington, Shropshire
Died: 31 May 1974
Place of Death: Swindon, Wiltshire
 
 
An engineer, Cyril Marconi Crowe received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 898 on a Grahame-White biplane at the Grahame-White School, Hendon on 8 September 1914. He pioneered "dive and climb" tactics for the S.E.5. As a flight commander with 56 Squadron, despite having his goggles shot from his face in a fight on 7 May 1917, Crowe survived without injury and scored 14 victories. Upon the death of James McCudden, he assumed command of 60 Squadron. But shortly thereafter, returning from a party at Dieppe on 29 July 1918, Crowe drove his automobile into a tree. His two passengers, Owen Scholte and a Major Foggin, were killed in the crash. Crowe was court martialled and reduced in rank to Captain for a month before being posted as a Major to 85 Squadron on 28 August 1918 for the duration of the war. With this unit he scored his final victory on 16 September 1918. Crowe was a Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

"[Crowe] is not afraid of anything and goes after old Huns like a rocket and yet he is extraordinarily prudent." Arthur Rhys Davids, member of Crowe's 'B' Flight, 56 Squadron

Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
In a Cloud-Bank, 14 Feb 1917, 1 of 3
In a Cloud-Bank, 14 Feb 1917, 2 of 3
In a Cloud-Bank, 14 Feb 1917, 3 of 3
Looping the Loop at Brighton
 
Military Cross (MC)
Capt. Cyril Marconi Crowe, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and skill as a leader of offensive patrols, many times attacking hostile formations single-handed, and descending to low altitudes under heavy anti-aircraft fire. He has been responsible for the destruction of several enemy machines.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. Cyril Marconi Crowe. M.C.
   This officer has been engaged on active operations over the lines for over twelve months, and has accounted for ten enemy aeroplanes. He is a most successful leader, distinguished for skill and ibravery. On a recent occasion he, accompanied by two other machines, attacked an enemy formation consisting of four biplanes and one triplane. Having destroyed a biplane he engaged the triplane at close range and destroyed that also.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Apr 1917 1110 56 S.E.5 (A4860) C (DES) 1 Bellone
2 29 Apr 1917 1500 56 S.E.5 (A4860) Albatros D.II (OOC) 2 Waziers
3 29 Apr 1917 1500 56 S.E.5 (A4860) Albatros D.II (OOC) 2 Bugnicourt
4 30 Apr 1917 0845 56 S.E.5 (A4860) Albatros D.II (DES) Douai
5 23 May 1917 1915-2015 56 S.E.5 (A8902) C (OOC) Tilloy
6 24 May 1917 1900-2000 56 S.E.5 (A8910) Albatros D.III (OOC) 3 S of Douai
7 25 May 1917 0630-0730 56 S.E.5 (A8910) Albatros D.III (OOC) Courcelles
8 27 May 1917 0615-0715 56 S.E.5 (A8910) Albatros D.III (DES) Erchin
9 16 Jun 1917 0845-0930 56 S.E.5 (A8910) C (DES) Passchendaele
10 18 Mar 1918 1110 56 S.E.5a (B4891) C (OOC) W of Maquigny
11 18 Mar 1918 1145 56 S.E.5a (B4891) C (DES) NE of Rumaucourt
12 28 Jun 1918 2020 56 S.E.5a (C1848) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Dompierre
13 01 Jul 1918 0540 56 S.E.5a (C1848) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Albert
14 01 Jul 1918 0540 56 S.E.5a (C1848) Fokker DR.I (DES) 4 NE of Albert
15 16 Sep 1918 1845 85 S.E.5a (B8354) Fokker D.VII (DES) Sauchy-Couchy

1 Shared with 2Lt Leonard Barlow, 2Lt M A Kay (A4866)
2 Shared with Lt J O Leach (A4856), Lt M A Kay (A4866)
3 Shared with 2Lt Reginald Hoidge, 2Lt Arthur Rhys Davids, 2Lt Keith Muspratt, 2Lt John Turnbull
4 Shared with Capt Gerald Maxwell
 
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