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Name: Charles John Wharton "Johnny" Darwin
Distinguished Service Order (DSO) Charles John Wharton Darwin
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal
Units: 27, 87
Victories: 5
Born: 12 December 1894
Place of Birth: Durham, Durham
Died: 26 December 1941
Place of Death: London
Cemetery: Golders Green Crematorium, Middlesex, England
 
 
The son of Charles W. and Mary D. Darwin, Lieutenant Charles John Wharton Darwin, of the Coldstream Guards, received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2469 on an L. & P. biplane at London & Provincial School, Hendon on 13 February 1916. In 1918, he scored five victories flying the Sopwith Dolphin with 87 Squadron.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Capt. (A./Major) Charles John Wharton Darwin. (FRANCE)
   This officer has proved himself, an exceptionally skilful and gallant patrol leader, conspicuous for utter fearlessness and disregard of danger. On a recent occasion, in company with one other machine, he attacked a formation of fourteen Fokker biplanes, one of which was shot down and crashed. He has accounted for three hostile aircraft.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 31 May 1918 1100 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4158) LVG C (DES) Gentelles
2 06 Jun 1918 0550 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4158) Rumpler C (DES) Moreuil
3 28 Jul 1918 0835 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4158) Rumpler C (OOC) Amiens
4 21 Aug 1918 1745 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4158) Fokker D.VII (DES) Biefvillers
5 26 Sep 1918 abt 1120 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4158) LVG C (DES) Bois Lateau
 
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