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Name: Ernest John Elton
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Medal for Military Valor, Bronze [Italy]
Ernest Elton
Country: England
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 6, 22
Victories: 16
Born: 25 December 1893
Place of Birth: Wimborne, Dorset
Died: 08 March 1958
Place of Death: Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hosptial, Taplow, Berkshire
 
 
As an Air Mechanic with 6 Squadron, Ernest John Elton assisted Lanoe Hawker in developing a mount for attaching a Lewis gun to the Bristol Scout in June 1915. The highest scoring non-commissioned officer in the Royal Flying Corps, Elton scored 16 victories as a Bristol Fighter pilot with 22 Squadron in February and March of 1918.
 
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
"1429 Sjt. E. J. Elton, M.M., R.A.F. (Wimborne).
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the past month he has destroyed six hostile machines and brought down another out of control. On two of these occasions he has caused two enemy planes to crash to earth, although on each occasion his formation was fighting against very heavy odds. He has at all times displayed the most marked courage, skill and determination."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 26 Feb 1918 1130 22 Bristol F.2b 1 Albatros D.V (DES) E of Lens
2 26 Feb 1918 1130 22 Bristol F.2b 1 Albatros D.V (DES) E of Lens
3 06 Mar 1918 1400 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) Douai
4 06 Mar 1918 1410 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of Douai
5 08 Mar 1918 1245 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 3 Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Lille
6 11 Mar 1918 1425 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) Vendville-Faches
7 11 Mar 1918 1430 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Lille
8 13 Mar 1918 1620 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) SSW of Lille
9 13 Mar 1918 1630 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 2 Pfalz D.III (DES) SSW of Lille
10 16 Mar 1918 1030 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 4 Albatros D.V (DES) Carvin
11 16 Mar 1918 1045 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 4 Albatros D.V (DESF) Carvin
12 18 Mar 1918 1030 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 4 Albatros D.V (DES) Carvin
13 26 Mar 1918 1245 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 4 Pfalz D.III (DES) E of Albert
14 29 Mar 1918 1530 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 4 C (DES) Rosières
15 29 Mar 1918 1535 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 4 C (DES) Lihons
16 29 Mar 1918 1540 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 4 C (DES) Vauvillers

1 Observer Sgt John Charles Hagen
2 Observer 2Lt George Hayward
3 Observer Sgt S Belding
4 Observer Lt Roland Critchley
 
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