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Name: Cecil Vernon Gardner
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 19
Victories: 10
Born: 14 September 1889
Place of Birth: Broughton, Oxfordshire, England
Died: 30 September 1918 Died From Wounds
Place of Death: France
Cemetery: Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
The son of James and Hannah Gardner, Cecil Vernon Gardner was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 19 July 1917. In 1918 he flew Sopwith Dolphins with 19 Squadron. On 27 September 1918, he claimed his tenth victory but was shot down by Gustav Borm and died from his wounds three days later.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Cecil Vernon Gardner.
   A bold and skilful leader, who has carried out many offensive patrols, proving himself at all times to be a brilliant fighting pilot. During recent operations he has accounted for eight enemy machines.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Jun 1918 1715 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4129) DFW C.V (OOC) 1 Vieux Berquin
2 09 Jun 1918 0945 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4057) DFW C.V (DES) Neuf Berquin
3 01 Jul 1918 1755 19 Sopwith Dolphin (D5236) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Fleurbaix
4 04 Jul 1918 1700 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3788) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Esterelles
5 15 Jul 1918 2005 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3792) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Bois du Biez
6 31 Jul 1918 1950 19 Sopwith Dolphin (D5236) Pfalz D.III (DES) S of Douai
7 11 Aug 1918 1700 19 Sopwith Dolphin (D5236) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Estrées
8 11 Aug 1918 1755 19 Sopwith Dolphin (D5236) Fokker D.VII (DES) Brie
9 16 Sep 1918 0940 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3818) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 2 Lille
10 27 Sep 1918 0730 19 Sopwith Dolphin (E4501) Fokker D.VII (DES) Haynecourt

1 Shared with Capt Gordon Irving (C3799), Lt Finlay McQuistan (C3902), Capt John De Pencier (C3829)
2 Shared with Lt James Hardman (C3769)
 
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