A natural athlete, Philip Fletcher Fullard was a reserve on the Norwich City football club before joining the army in 1915. In 1916, he transferred from the Royal Fusiliers to the Royal Flying Corps and was an instructor before being posted to France in April 1917. Scoring 40 victories that year, Fullard was the highest scoring ace in 1 Squadron and the highest scoring ace to fly Nieuport Scouts. Three days before the final British offensive at Cambrai on 17 November 1917, he suffered a broken leg during an off-duty football match and was unfit for duty until September of the following year. When the war ended, Fullard remained in the Royal Air Force, attained the rank of Air Commodore and retired from service at the end of World War II. He died, age 86, in a hospital at Broadstairs in Kent, southern England, where he lived.
Times, 7 January 1918
Bag of Four in One Day Captain Philip Fletcher Fullard, D.S.O., M.C., aged 20, is a fair, curly-haired, good-looking boy, clear-eyed and fresh-complexioned, with regular features. He went fresh from school into an officers' training corps. He has flown in France for about six months and during that time has brought down 42 enemy machines and three balloons. In a single day (says the "Daily Mail") he brought down four German aeroplanes - his record day's "bag." On another occasion he and another airman brought down seven enemy machines before breakfast, Fullard accounting for three of them. Up to the middle of October  the squadron to which he belongs had brought down 200 enemy machines, and their number now stands at about 250. The outstanding feature of Captain Fullard's record is the few casualties his "flight" has suffered. For three months he worked with the same flight of six pilots without a casualty among them, and in that time they brought down more enemy machines than any other flight in France. His achievements are widely known among the flying men at the front, and the French call him "the English ace."
Goggles Shot Away He had a narrow escape when fighting a German two-seater, his goggles
being shot away from his eyes. The Verey lights in his machine caught fire and set the
woodwork of the aeroplane alight, but he managed to get his burning machine back to the
Captain Fullard respects the fighting capacity of the Boche airmen, and
he considers they are good in a tight corner.
After emerging scathless from many a tight corner in air fights he
broke his leg six weeks ago while playing football at an aerodrome.
Captain Fullard is the son of the late Mr. Thomas Fletcher Fullard, of
Hatfield, and Mrs. Fullard, who now lives at Rugby. He was educated at Norwich Grammar
School, and in 1915 joined the Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps. Passing high in his
examination, he was offered a commission in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, but was selected as
suitable for flying work, and joined the Royal Flying Corps. He went to Upavon and was
given a post as instructor there. In April 1917, he was sent to the front. He has gained
the D.S.O. and the Military Cross with a bar.
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Philip Fletcher Fullard, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when engaged in aerial combat. He has on four occasions attacked and destroyed enemy aircraft, and has in addition engaged in 25 indecisive combats, in which he has shown fine leadership, great dash and determination to close with the enemy.
Temp. Capt. Philip Fletcher Fullard, M.C., Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has on many occasions displayed the utmost dash and fearlessness in attacking enemy aircraft at close range and in destroying at least eight hostile machines during a period of about ten days. His determination and fine offensive spirit have in almost every instance resulted in disaster to the enemy.
(M.C. gazetted in this Gazette.)
T./Capt. Philip Fletcher Fullard, M.C., Gen. List & R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As a patrol leader and scout pilot he is without equal. The moral effect of his presence in a patrol is most marked. He has now accounted for fourteen machines destroyed and eighteen driven down out of control in a little over four months.