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Name: Herbert James Hamilton
Military Cross (MC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 1, 20, 29
Victories: 7
Born: 30 April 1895
Place of Birth: Hornsey, Middlesex
Died: 13 June 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Tadcastle, Yorkshire
Cemetery: Islington Cemetery, Middlesex
From the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, Herbert James Hamilton transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He scored his first victory as an observer serving with 20 Squadron. Posted to 1 Squadron in August 1917, he scored 1 victory before joining 29 Squadron as a flight commander. After scoring 2 more victories, he rejoined 1 Squadron in March 1918 and scored 3 more victories flying the S.E.5a. Hamilton was forced to land by a Fokker Triplane on 26 March 1918 and killed in a crash at Tadcastle when the Sopwith Camel (C158) he was flying lost a wing.

1901 residence, Hornsey, Middlesex.
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Herbert James Hamilton, D. of Corn. L.I., attd. R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has on many occasions displayed the utmost dash and fearlessness in engaging enemy aircraft at close range, and has succeeded in destroying a considerable number. He also attacked with machine-gun fire, and from low altitudes, enemy formations on the ground, and dropped bombs on points of importance behind the hostile lines. He has invariably shown great determination and a fine offensive spirit.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Jul 1916 0945 20 F.E.2b (A13) 1 Rumpler C (OOC) W of Lille
2 02 Oct 1917 1105 1 Nieuport 27 (B6774) DFW C (OOC) 2 Comines
3 05 Dec 1917 1545 29 Nieuport 27 (B3631) Albatros D.V (OOC) 3 E of Staden
4 16 Feb 1918 1026 29 Nieuport 27 (B3631) C (OOC) Moorslede
5 09 Mar 1918 1435 1 S.E.5a (B32) Balloon (DES) 4 Lomme
6 11 Mar 1918 1810 1 S.E.5a (B32) C (OOC) 5 Ypres
7 13 Mar 1918 1220 1 S.E.5a (B32) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 6 Wieltje

1 Pilot Capt Reginald Maxwell
2 Shared with 2Lt Guy Moore (B1508)
3 Shared with 2Lt Francis Williams (B6826)
4 Shared with Lt John Bateman (A8930), 2Lt A M Denovan (B511), 2Lt I O Chantler (B4851), 2Lt E E Owen (A8932) and 2Lt F J Chown (B597)
5 Shared with 2Lt Percy Clayson (A8908)
6 Shared with Capt William Patrick (B641), Capt Guy Moore (B511), Capt Harry Rigby (C1113), Lt A Hollis (B520), 2Lt L W Mawbey (B632, 2Lt Percy Clayson (A8908), 2Lt A E Sweeting (A8932) and 2Lt W M R Gray (A8904)
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