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Name: Rowan Heywood "Bill" Daly
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) (Christopher Lofft)
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 10N, Home Defence (RNAS)
47 (RAF)
Victories: 7
Born: 30 March 1898
Place of Birth: Austria
Died: 1923 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Near Northampton
 
 
The son of Charles V. and Kate A. Daly, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Rowan Heywood Daly received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 4450 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Chingford on 8 February 1917. From Home Defence duties, Rowan he was posted to 10 Naval Squadron in France. He was wounded in action on 26 September 1917 whilst scoring his third victory. His Sopwith Camel (N6359) was marked "Wonga Bonga."

Living in Ilma, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex when he enlisted; regimental number was 2288.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Rowan Heywood Daly, R.N.A.S.
   For skill and gallantry in attacking enemy aircraft returning from a raid on England. After a long chase he engaged and brought down one machine in flames. Afterwards he engaged a second machine, but his gun jambed, and though he continued the pursuit to the enemy coast, he failed to clear the jamb, and was obliged to return to his aerodrome.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 Jul 1917 abt 1130 HD Sopwith Triplane (N5382) Gotha G.III (DESF) 15 mi off Ostend
2 24 Sep 1917 1610 10N Sopwith Camel (N6359) C (OOC) Houthoulst
3 26 Sep 1917 1100 10N Sopwith Camel (N6359) Albatros D.III (DES) NE of Houthoulst
4 Apr 1919 47   SPAD (DES) Near Tsaritsyn
5 7-14 May 1919 47   SPAD (DES) Volga River
6 7-14 May 1919 47   EA (DES) 1  
7 May 1919 47   EA (DES) 1  

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