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Name: Edward Duncan Crundall
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Edward Crundall
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 8N (RNAS)
210 (RAF)
Victories: 7
Born: 09 December 1896
Place of Birth: Whitfield, Kent, England
Died: December 1981
Place of Death: Brighton, East Sussex, England
The eldest son of Edward, a coal merchant, and Sarah Jane Crundall, Edward Duncan Crundall boarded at Tudor Hall School, Hawkhurst in 1911. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1914. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Crundall received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3543 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Eastbourne on 5 September 1916. He was posted to 8 Naval Squadron in 1916 and in 1917 he scored 3 victories flying the Sopwith Triplane. Wounded in action on 10 May 1917, he was forced to land near Bethune by Alois Heldmann of Jasta 10. On 28 July 1917, he was downed by Adolf von Tutschek. In 1918, Crundall was posted to 210 Squadron as a flight commander and scored 4 more victories flying the Sopwith Camel. During World War II, he served as the commanding officer of 116 Calibration Squadron and was awarded the Air Force Cross. Crundall continued flying in civilian life, accumulating over 8,500 hours of flight time on charter routes to Africa. His autobiography, Fighter Pilot on the Western Front, was published in 1975.

ADM 273/9/253
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Apr 1917 0905 8N Sopwith Triplane (N5464) Albatros C (OOC) Henin-Lietard
2 14 Apr 1917 0905 8N Sopwith Triplane (N5464) Albatros C (OOC) Henin-Lietard
3 18 Aug 1917 1830 8N Sopwith Triplane (N5465) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Henin-Lietard
4 30 Jul 1918 1000 210 Sopwith Camel (B7860) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Dixmude
5 01 Aug 1918 1925 210 Sopwith Camel (B7860) Fokker D.VII (OOC) N of Lille
6 09 Aug 1918 0725 210 Sopwith Camel (B7860) Fokker D.VII (DES) Zonnebeke
7 09 Aug 1918 0730 210 Sopwith Camel (B7860) Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Staden

1 Shared with FCdr Charles Booker and FLt Richard Munday
Crundall, Eric Duncan. Fighter Pilot on the Western Front. Kimber, 1975
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