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Name: Christopher Draper
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Croix de Guerre
Christopher Draper
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 3W; 6N, 8N (RNAS)
208 (RAF)
Victories: 9
Born: 15 April 1892
Place of Birth: Bebington, Cheshire, England
Died: 16 January 1979
Place of Death: London, England
 
 
After obtaining an Aviator's Certificate in October 1913,  Christopher Draper entered the Royal Naval Air Service in January 1914. Posted to 3 Naval Wing in 1916, he achieved his first four victories flying the Sopwith 1½ Strutter. Reassigned to 6 Naval Squadron, and then as commanding officer of 8 Naval Squadron (later 208 Squadron), Draper shot down five more enemy aircraft flying the Sopwith Camel. On 13 October 1918, he was wounded by anti-aircraft fire. In 1931, to promote a budding acting career as "George Mannering," Draper made headlines when he flew an airplane under the bridges of London. Dubbed "The Mad Major," he gave an encore performance in 1953, shortly before the publication of his autobiography.

1901 residence was Lower Bebington, Cheshire; birth registered in the 2nd quarter of 1892 at Wirral, Cheshire.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
Rockford Morning Star, Rockford, Illinois, Wednesday, 6 May 1953, page 1
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 Nov 1916 1210 3W Sopwith 1½ Strutter (9407) Fokker D (OOC) Landorf
2 10 Nov 1916 1210 3W Sopwith 1½ Strutter (9407) C (OOC) Landorf
3 23 Nov 1916 1400-1515 3W Sopwith 1½ Strutter (9722) EA (DES)  
4 24 Nov 1916 1300 3W Sopwith 1½ Strutter (9407) EA (DES) NE of Deline
5 06 Jun 1917 1200 6N Nieuport (N3101) Albatros D.V (DES) NW of Cambrai
6 06 Jun 1917 1200 6N Nieuport (N3101) Albatros D.V (OOC) NW of Cambrai
7 11 Sep 1917 1355 8N Sopwith Camel (B3922) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Douai
8 03 Oct 1917 Abt 2300 8N Sopwith Camel Balloon (DES) Near Douai
9 08 May 1918 1945 208 Sopwith Camel (D1928) DFW C (OOC) Scarpe River
 
Books
The Mad Major
Christopher Draper / Hardcover / Los Angeles, CA: Aero Publishers 1962
 
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