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Name: Philip Fletcher Fullard
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Air Force Cross (AFC)
Philip Fullard
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 1
Victories: 40
Born: 27 June 1897
Place of Birth: Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Died: 24 April 1984
Place of Death: Broadstairs, Kent
 
 
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.
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The Glasgow 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 [1917] 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 British lines.
    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.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
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.)
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
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.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 26 May 1917 1040 1 Nieuport 23 (B1559) Albatros D.III (OOC) Lompret
2 28 May 1917 1210 1 Nieuport 23 (B1559) Albatros D.III (OOC) Warneton
3 04 Jun 1917 0800 1 Nieuport 23 (B1553) Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
4 04 Jun 1917 0815 1 Nieuport 23 (B1533) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 Roulers
5 08 Jun 1917 0630 1 Nieuport 23 (B1553) Albatros D.V (DESF) Becelaere
6 14 Jun 1917 2040 1 Nieuport 23 (B3486) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
7 15 Jun 1917 abt 0845 1 Nieuport 23 (B3486) Albatros D.V (OOC) Comines-Houthem
8 07 Jul 1917 2040 1 Nieuport 17 (B1666) Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
9 11 Jul 1917 2015 1 Nieuport 17 (B1666) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Comines
10 11 Jul 1917 2030 1 Nieuport 17 (B1666) Albatros D.V (OOC) Verlinghem
11 13 Jul 1917 2015 1 Nieuport 17 (B1666) Albatros D.V (OOC) Zandvoorde-Wervicq
12 17 Jul 1917 0950 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (OOC) Polygon
13 22 Jul 1917 1100 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Lille
14 22 Jul 1917 1110 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (DES) Marcq
15 28 Jul 1917 0950 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) C (DES) Korentje
16 09 Aug 1917 1050 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) C (CAP) 2 Houthoulst Forest
17 09 Aug 1917 2015 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (OOC) Becelaere
18 10 Aug 1917 1815 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) DFW C (DES) Habourdin
19 12 Aug 1917 0750 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) DFW C (OOC) E of Tenbrielen
20 15 Aug 1917 1800 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (DES) Poelcapelle
21 15 Aug 1917 1810 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (OOC) Poelcapelle
22 16 Aug 1917 0800 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (DES) Near Poelcapelle
23 16 Aug 1917 0805 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (OOC) Pont Rouge
24 16 Aug 1917 2010 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (OOC) Lille-Perenchies
25 19 Aug 1917 1700 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (DES) Roncq-Menin
26 21 Aug 1917 1900 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst
27 22 Aug 1917 1835 1 Nieuport 17 (B3459) DFW C (DES) Poelcapelle
28 05 Oct 1917 1645 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) C (DES) Bousbecque
29 07 Oct 1917 0635 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) DFW C (OOC) Wervicq
30 08 Oct 1917 1420 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) C (OOC) Wervicq
31 14 Oct 1917 1700 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) DFW C (OOC) Gheluvelt
32 17 Oct 1917 0945 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) C (OOC) Quesnoy
33 17 Oct 1917 1030 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) C (DES) SE of Ledgehem
34 17 Oct 1917 1425 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
35 24 Oct 1917 0625 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) C (OOC) 3 Moorslede
36 27 Oct 1917 0940 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) DFW C (DES) NW of Roulers
37 27 Oct 1917 1010 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) DFW C (DES) Becelaere
38 30 Oct 1917 0900 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) Pfalz D.III (DES) N of Westroosebeke
39 15 Nov 1917 1155 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) Albatros D.V (DES) Zandvoorde
40 15 Nov 1917 1156 1 Nieuport 27 (B6789) Albatros D.V (DES) Zandvoorde

1 Shared with FCdr Thomas Gerrard
2 Shared with 2Lt William Rooper
3 Shared with 2Lt William Patrick
 
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