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Name: Robert Arthur Grosvenor
Military Cross (MC) and Bar Robert Arthur Grosvenor
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 18, 20, 57, 84
Victories: 16
Born: 25 May 1895
Place of Birth: Chester, Cheshire
Died: 12 June 1953
Place of Death: Chaddleworth, Berkshire
 
 
The son of Lt. Col. Arthur Hugh and Helen (Sheffield) Grosvenor, 2nd Lieutenant Robert Arthur Grosvenor, of the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays), transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3513 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Brooklands on 7 September 1916. Posted to 84 Squadron in 1917, Grosvenor scored sixteen victories flying the S.E.5a.

Appears as Robin Arthur Grosvenor in the Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates index.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Robert Arthur Grosvenor, Dn. Gds., and R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a leader of offensive patrols against hostile aircraft and troops on the ground. On one occasion his patrol was attacked from the rear by five enemy scouts. By skilful piloting he manoeuvred his machine into position behind one of the scouts, which he shot down in flames. He was attacked again, and drove the scout to destruction. On other occasions he has destroyed and driven down out of control at least eight hostile machines.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
Lt. (T./Capt.) Robert Arthur Grosvenor, M.C., Dgn. Gds. and R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attacking enemy aircraft. He has lately destroyed two machines and driven down four others out of control. He has shown brilliant leadership and dash against heavy odds.
   (M.C. gazetted 26th July, 1918.)
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Dec 1917 1430 84 S.E.5a C (OOC) 1 Cambrai
2 18 Feb 1918 1105 84 S.E.5a (B527) C (OOC) 5 mi E of St. Quentin
3 19 Feb 1918 1015 84 S.E.5a (B527) C (DES) St. Gobain Wood
4 19 Feb 1918 1020 84 S.E.5a (B527) Albatros D.V (OOC) St. Gobain Wood
5 25 Mar 1918 0930 84 S.E.5a (C1077) LVG C (DESF) 2 Flers
6 03 Apr 1918 1150 84 S.E.5a (B8408) Pfalz D.III (DES) Rosières aerodrome
7 03 Apr 1918 1151 84 S.E.5a (B8408) Pfalz D.III (DES) E of Villers Brettonneaux
8 10 Apr 1918 1100 84 S.E.5a (B8408) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Albert
9 12 Apr 1918 1805 84 S.E.5a (B8408) Albatros D.V (DES) W of Plessier
10 12 Apr 1918 1810 84 S.E.5a (B8408) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Hangard Wood
11 24 Apr 1918 1810 84 S.E.5a (B8408) C (OOC) Villers Brettonneaux
12 25 Apr 1918 1700 84 S.E.5a (B8408) Pfalz D.III (DES) E of Wiencourt
13 25 Apr 1918 1700 84 S.E.5a (B8408) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Wiencourt
14 25 Apr 1918 1700 84 S.E.5a (B8408) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Wiencourt
15 18 May 1918 1130 84 S.E.5a (B8408) Albatros D.V (OOC) Chaulnes
16 18 May 1918 1200 84 S.E.5a (B8408) C (DES) NE of Moreuil

1 Shared with Lt John Ralston
2 Shared with 2Lt William Brown
 
Books
Norman Franks. SE 5/5a Aces of World War I. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2007
 
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