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Name: Frank Clifton Gorringe
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Military Cross (MC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 43, 70 (RFC)
210 (RAF)
Victories: 14
Born: 30 September 1889
Place of Birth: Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Died: January 1936
Place of Death: Newhaven, Sussex, England
 
 
Before he enlisted in the 5th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 23 September 1914, Frank Clifton Gorringe, the son of Frank J. and Mary Gorringe, was an express clerk living in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. After transferring to the Royal Flying Corps, 2nd Lieutenant Gorringe received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 5035 on a Grahame-White biplane at Grahame-White School, Hendon on 29 July 1917. Posted to 70 Squadron, he scored fourteen victories flying the Sopwith Camel. Post-war, he farmed in Kenya before returning to England in September 1935. When his body washed ashore at Newhaven in January 1936, an inquest into his death ruled he was "found drowned, with no evidence to show how he got into the water."

Listed as Frank Clifford Gorringe in some sources.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Nottingham Evening Post, Nottinghamshire, England, Monday, 13 January 1936, page 5
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Frank Clifton Gorringe, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has destroyed several enemy machines, and has shot down others out of control. On several occasions also he has forced enemy aeroplanes to land, and has shown fine qualities of leadership and a keen offensive spirit.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Frank Clifton Gorringe, M.C. (FRANCE)
   During recent operations this officer was conspicuous for his gallantry and initiative in attacking enemy troops, transport, etc., notably on 9th November, when, locating certain enemy troops dug in, he attacked them from 50 feet altitude, causing numerous casualties. He then landed close behind our infantry and informed them of the enemy's position.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 Nov 1917 0720 70 Sopwith Camel (B5406) C (OOC) SE of Houthoulst Forest
2 18 Dec 1917 1245 70 Sopwith Camel (B6426) C (CAP) N of Comines
3 19 Dec 1917 0945 70 Sopwith Camel (B6424) Albatros D.V (DESF) 1 20Q27
4 23 Dec 1917 1515 70 Sopwith Camel (B6426) C (DESF) NE of Hollebeke
5 28 Dec 1917 1150 70 Sopwith Camel (B6426) C (DES) Ploegsteert
6 01 Jan 1918 0940 70 Sopwith Camel (B6426) C (DESF) 2 E of Zandvoorde
7 03 Jan 1918 1340 70 Sopwith Camel (B6426) C (DESF) N of Wervicq
8 04 Jan 1918 0920 70 Sopwith Camel (B2492) C (DES) 3 E of Gheluvelt
9 04 Jan 1918 1330 70 Sopwith Camel (B6426) Albatros D.V (DESF) Passchendaele
10 06 Jan 1918 1415 70 Sopwith Camel (B6426) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 E of Passchendaele
11 02 Feb 1918 1545 70 Sopwith Camel (B5598) C (DES) Becelaere
12 17 Feb 1918 70 Sopwith Camel C (OOC) 1 Houthoulst Forest
13 18 Feb 1918 1215 70 Sopwith Camel (B4630) Albatros D.V (DESF) Houthoulst
14 18 Feb 1918 1215 70 Sopwith Camel (B4630) Albatros D.V (DES) Houthoulst

1 Shared with Frank Quigley
2 Shared with Lt C Smith
3 Shared with Lt H Soulby
 
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