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Name: Wilfred Bertie "Twist" Giles
Wilfred Bertie Giles
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 43, 74
Victories: 5
Born: 06 April 1896
Place of Birth: Bristol, Gloucestershire
Died: March 1991
Place of Death: Dyfed, Wales
Wilfred Bertie Giles, the son of Henry and Emily Giles, was wounded in 1916 while serving with the Somerset Light Infantry on the Somme Front. When he recovered from his wounds, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. As an observer with 43 Squadron, he claimed his first victory from a Sopwith 1½ Strutter. On 18 October 1917, 2nd Lieutenant Giles received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 5337 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Ruislip. Posted to 74 Squadron in France, he claimed four more victories flying a Sopwith Camel before he was injured in a crash on 6 August 1917. He later married the widow of Ira Jones.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Jun 1917 0830 43 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A1903) 1 Albatros D.III (DES) 2 Lens
2 12 May 1918 1830 74 S.E.5a (C6414) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Wulverghem
3 27 May 1918 1130 74 S.E.5a Halberstadt C (OOC) 3 Neuf Berquin
4 29 Jun 1918 2015 74 S.E.5a (C6494) Fokker D.VII (DES) Bailleul-Kemmel
5 07 Jul 1918 1120 74 S.E.5a (C6494) LVG C (DESF) Bailleul

1 Pilot 2Lt C G Moore
2 Shared with 2Lt S V L Gedge & Pvt C B Blatherwick (A8829); Lt John Womersley & AM1 J M O'Shea (A8244); Sgt A V Webb & 2Lt C E Day (A7798); Capt Kenneth Gopsill & 2Lt J B Smith (A8335)
3 Shared with Lt James Ira Jones (C1117)
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