The son of Thomas and Flora Enstone, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Albert James Enstone received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3677 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Cranwell on 15 September 1916. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his courage and skill in repeatedly destroying enemy aircraft while serving as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant with 4 Naval Squadron at Dunkirk during May and June of 1917 and received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1918. Three of his pilot logbooks and other memorabilia are held by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Cdr. Alexander Macdonald Shook, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Lieut. Arnold Jaques Chadwick, R.N.A.S. (since reported drowned).
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Albert James Enstone, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Langley Frank Willard Smith, R.N.A.S. (since missing).
For exceptional gallantry and remarkable skill and courage whilst serving with the R.N.A.S. at Dunkirk during May and June, 1917, in repeatedly attacking and destroying hostile aircraft.
Capt. Albert James Enstone, D.S.C. (Sea
Has been engaged for eighteen months on active service flying (ten months as Flight Leader). Has destroyed twelve hostile machines and brought down six more out of control. During the past month Capt. Enstone attacked an enemy gun, which was firing on one of our crashed machines, and succeeded in blowing up the ammunition dump alongside the gun, causing a great explosion, with flames reaching to a height of nearly 300 feet.