The son of William Henry and Lilly (Copp) Hackwill, George Henry Hackwill served with the Somerset Light Infantry before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. 2nd Lieutenant Hackwill received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2292 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Shoreham on 17 December 1915. Posted to 22 Squadron in 1916, he scored 2 victories that year flying the F.E.2b. After serving as an instructor In 1917, Hackwill joined 44 Squadron to fly the Sopwith Camel. His first and only victory with this squadron came in January 1918, when he and Charles Banks shot down a Gotha bomber (938/16). In March 1918, Hackwill was posted to 54 Squadron where he scored 6 more victories by mid-September. Not included in his final score is the LVG he destroyed on the ground whilst bombing an enemy airfield on 30 October 1918.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. George Henry Hackwill, Gen. List and R.F.C.
Lt. Charles Chaplin Banks, R. Welsh Fus., and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry displayed when they engaged and shot down a Gotha raiding London.
During the engagement, which lasted a considerable time, they were continually under fire from the enemy machine.