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Name: Albert James Enstone
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Albert James Enstone
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 4N (RNAS)
204 (RAF)
Victories: 15
Born: 29 August 1895
Place of Birth: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Died: 04 October 1963
Place of Death: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
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.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. Albert James Enstone, D.S.C. (Sea Patrol).
   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.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 May 1917 0730 4N Sopwith Pup (N6187) C (DES) Ghistelles
2 12 May 1917 0720 4N Sopwith Pup (N6187) SS D.I (DES) 5 mi off Zeebrugge
3 26 May 1917 0845 4N Sopwith Pup (N6187) C (DES) 1 SW of Furnes
4 05 Jun 1917 1915 4N Sopwith Pup (N6187) EA (DES) 2 mi NE of Nieuport
5 07 Jul 1917 1115 4N Sopwith Camel (N6347) Seaplane C (DES) 19 mi off Ostend
6 14 Jul 1917 0420 4N Sopwith Camel (N6370) C (DES) 1 mi SE of Ghistelles
7 25 Jul 1917 1930 4N Sopwith Camel (N6370) Seaplane (OOC) 2 30 mi NNE of Ostend
8 10 Sep 1917 1625 4N Sopwith Camel (B3841) C (DES) Westende
9 30 Sep 1917 1200 4N Sopwith Camel (B3841) Albatros D.V (OOC) Rattevalle
10 09 Nov 1917 1435 4N Sopwith Camel (B3841) DFW C (OOC) SE of Pervyse
11 24 Mar 1918 1140 4N Sopwith Camel (B3841) Albatros D.V (DESF) S of Thorout
12 27 Jun 1918 0715 204 Sopwith Camel (N6347) C (OOC) Nieuport
13 30 Jun 1918 1445 204 Sopwith Camel (D6624) Fokker D.VII (DESF) 5 mi N of Blankenberghe
14 30 Jun 1918 1445 204 Sopwith Camel (D6624) Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Blankenberghe
15 01 Jul 1918 1710 204 Sopwith Camel (D6624) Hansa W12 (DES) Middelkerke

1 Shared with FSL Arnold Chadwick
2 Shared with FCdr Arnold Chadwick, FSL Robert Keirstead
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