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Name: John Everard Gurdon
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) John Gurdon
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 22
Victories: 28
Born: 24 May 1898
Place of Birth: Balham, Surrey, England
Died: 14 April 1973
Place of Death: Alassio, Italy
 
 
In an historic dogfight known as "Two Against Twenty," John Everard Gurdon and his observer, Anthony Thornton, together with Alfred Atkey and his observer, Charles Gass, encountered 20 German scouts during the evening of 7 May 1918. In the epic battle that followed, Atkey and Gass shot down five enemy aircraft while Gurdon and Thornton knocked down three. Gurdon and Atkey were both flying the Bristol F.2b.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. John Everard Gurdon.
   This officer is a brilliant fighting pilot who on all occasions shows great determination with entire disregard of personal danger. He has personally destroyed nine enemy machines. On a recent date when on offensive patrol with another Bristol fighter he attacked a formation of seven enemy machines; one of these he shot down in flames. The enemy were then reinforced by two other formations, which brought their number up to twenty. Fighting continued for about half an hour when the Bristols broke off the engagement, their ammunition being exhausted. Only seven enemy machines remained, many having been seen to spin away, and one was shot down by this officer.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 02 Apr 1918 1645 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 1 Fokker DR.I (OOC) W of Vauvillers
2 02 Apr 1918 1645 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 1 Fokker DR.I (OOC) W of Vauvillers
3 07 May 1918 1845 22 Bristol F.2b (B1253) 1 D (DESF) E of Arras
4 07 May 1918 1845 22 Bristol F.2b (B1253) 1 D (DES) E of Arras
5 07 May 1918 1850 22 Bristol F.2b (B1253) 1 D (DES) E of Arras
6 08 May 1918 1845 22 Bristol F.2b (B1253) 2 DFW C (DES) Cuincy, NW of Douai
7 09 May 1918 0940 22 Bristol F.2b (B1164) 1 D (OOC) SE of Lille
8 09 May 1918 0840 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 3 Pfalz D.III (OOC) N of Douai
9 09 May 1918 0840 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 3 Pfalz D.III (OOC) N of Douai
10 09 May 1918 0840 22 Bristol F.2b (B1162) 3 Pfalz D.III (DES) N of Douai
11 05 Jun 1918 1030 22 Bristol F.2b (A7243) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Laventie
12 05 Jun 1918 1915 22 Bristol F.2b (A7243) 4 Pfalz D.III (DESF) NE of La Bassée
13 19 Jun 1918 2020 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 5 Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Armentières
14 19 Jun 1918 2020 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 5 Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Armentières
15 23 Jun 1918 2015 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 6 Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of La Bassée
16 23 Jun 1918 2015 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 6 Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of La Bassée
17 27 Jun 1918 1850 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 5 Fokker DR.I (OOC) SE of Armentières
18 01 Jul 1918 1940 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 5 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Armentières
19 04 Jul 1918 1920 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) Fokker D.VII (DES) Noyelles, N of Seclin
20 09 Jul 1918 1100 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 5 DFW C (DES) N of La Bassée
21 10 Jul 1918 0930 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 5 Pfalz D.III (DESF) Armentières-Lille
22 10 Jul 1918 0930 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 5 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Armentières-Lille
23 10 Jul 1918 0930 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 5 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Armentières-Lille
24 08 Aug 1918 1030 22 Bristol F.2b (E2454) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Douai
25 08 Aug 1918 1040 22 Bristol F.2b (E2454) 2 Pfalz D.III (DESF) 7 NE of Vitry
26 10 Aug 1918 1810 22 Bristol F.2b (E2454) 2 Fokker D.VII (DES) SW of Péronne
27 10 Aug 1918 1810 22 Bristol F.2b (E2454) 2 Fokker D.VII (DES) SW of Péronne
28 13 Aug 1918 1120 22 Bristol F.2b (E2454) 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Auberchicourt

1 Observer 2Lt Anthony Thornton
2 Observer 2Lt Charles Gass
3 Observer 2Lt A V Bollins
4 Observer Sgt John Hall
5 Observer 2Lt James Scaramanga
6 Observer 2Lt James McDonald
7 Shared with Capt William Harvey & Capt Dennis Waight
 
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