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Name: Ernest Hardcastle
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Ernest Hardcastle
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 20
Victories: 12
Born: 31 December 1898
Place of Birth: Dudley Hill, Bradford
Died: November 1973
Place of Death: Bexhill, Sussex
 
 
A Brisfit observer with 20 Squadron, Ernest Hardcastle scored twelve victories in 1918.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Ernest Hardcastle.
   This officer displayed great courage and skill on two occasions when he was observer in company with Lieut. Groom. While on patrol their formation of eight attacked twenty-five hostile scouts; he and Lieut. Groom accounted for two. On another occasion, when with the same officer, they were attacked by twelve scouts, two of these they shot down.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 08 May 1918 1645 20 Bristol F.2b 1 Fokker DR.I (DESF) NW of Wervicq
2 14 May 1918 1845 20 Bristol F.2b (C4764) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) E of Zillebeke Lake
3 14 May 1918 1850 20 Bristol F.2b (C4764) 1 Two-seater (DES) SW of Polygon Wood
4 17 May 1918 1715 20 Bristol F.2b 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Armentières
5 19 May 1918 1030 20 Bristol F.2b 1 Pfalz D.III (OOC) S of Calonne
6 31 May 1918 1850 20 Bristol F.2b 3 Pfalz D.III (OOC) N of Comines
7 01 Jun 1918 0630 20 Bristol F.2b (C4764) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) NW of Comines
8 01 Jun 1918 0630 20 Bristol F.2b (C4764) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) NW of Comines
9 17 Jun 1918 0745 20 Bristol F.2b (C4672) 4 Pfalz D.III (DES) NW of Armentières
10 30 Jun 1918 0730 20 Bristol F.2b (A8716) 5 Fokker D.VII (DES) NW of Menin
11 30 Jul 1918 1930 20 Bristol F.2b (D7939) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Bailleul
12 30 Jul 1918 1930 20 Bristol F.2b (D7939) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Bailleul

1 Pilot Lt Victor Groom
2 Pilot Capt Douglas Cooke
3 Pilot Lt August Iaccaci
4 Pilot Lt L M Price
5 Pilot Capt Horace Lale
 
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