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Name: Leslie Hamilton
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 17 (RFC)
150 (RAF)
Victories: 6
Place of Birth:  
Died: 31 August 1927 KIFA
Place of Death: Atlantic Ocean
   Having first served with the Royal Engineers, Leslie Hamilton scored 6 victories flying the S.E.5a in Salonika in 1918. He relinquished his temporary and short service commissions at his own request, leaving the Royal Air Force on 28 November 1919. Post-war he became a commercial stunt flyer and was called the "Flying Gypsy."
   On the morning of 31 August 1927, Hamilton and Colonel Frederick F. Minchin departed Upavon with their 63 year old passenger and financier, Princess Lowenstein-Wertheim, on an ill-fated trans-Atlantic flight from England to Canada. Hours later their Fokker Jupiter monoplane, the St. Raphael, was seen over coast of Ireland heading out to sea. The plane was last reported flying west over the mid-Atlantic by the crew of the Josiah Macy, a Standard Oil steamer. Hamilton and his companions were lost at sea and never found.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Leslie Hamilton. (SALONIKA)
   A gallant and skilful scout pilot who never hesitates to attack enemy formations, however superior in numbers. During recent operations he has rendered exceptional service. He has himself brought down, or assisted to bring down, six enemy machines.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Apr 1918 1115 17 S.E.5a (B694) DFW C.V (OOC) 1 Barakli-Dzuma
2 04 May 1918 1040 150 S.E.5a (B691) DFW C (CAP) 2 Marian
3 15 Jun 1918 0930 150 S.E.5a (B28) Albatros D.V (OOC) 3 Dragotin
4 23 Jun 1918 0745 150 S.E.5a (B28) Albatros D.V (DES) 4 Hill 5401, Rupel Pass
5 04 Sep 1918 1055 150 S.E.5a C (DES) 5 N of Karusu Bridge
6 18 Sep 1918 0700 150 S.E.5a (B692) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Karali

1 Shared with Lt Acheson Goulding (B690)
2 Shared with Capt Gerald Gibbs (B694)
3 Shared with Capt Walmsley & Lt W Williamson (3351)
4 Shared with Capt Gerald Bell (B692)
5 Shared with Lt Frederick Travers (C6176)
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