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Name: William Frederick James "Jim" Harvey
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
William Harvey
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 22
Victories: 26
Born: 08 January 1897
Place of Birth: Portslade, Sussex
Died: 21 July 1972
Place of Death: Wingham, Kent
 
 
William Frederick James Harvey transferred from the Royal Engineers to the Royal Flying Corps at the end of 1916. A year later, he was flying the Bristol Fighter with 22 Squadron. By 22 August 1918, Harvey and his observers shot down eighteen aircraft with the Bristol Fighters front gun and 8 with the rear gun. He married John Gurdon's sister in 1920. During World War II, he left his farm to rejoin the Royal Air Force. An MBE and author of "Pi in the Sky," Harvey wrote several articles for "Air Pictorial" magazine and later served as president of the British chapter of  "Cross & Cockade."
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. William James Harvey, R. Dub. Fus., Spec. Res., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During one night he made five consecutive raids over the enemy's lines, during which period he dropped over half a ton weight of bombs on his four objectives. In addition he fired during these raids 1,150 rounds of ammunition from a height varying from 100 to 500 feet on hostile infantry and transport. He has proved himself to be a consistently good observer, and has performed much successful night-bombing.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. William Frederick James Harvey.
   As a fighting pilot this officer has the real offensive spirit regardless of personal danger. He has destroyed several enemy machines whilst fighting against superior numbers.
 
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (A./Capt.) William Frederick James Harvey, D.F.C. (FRANCE.)
   A brilliant fighting pilot, who has proved himself a capable leader in many offensive patrols. During the August operations he personally accounted for seven enemy machines and, in company with another pilot, destroyed an eighth, displaying courage and tenacity of high order.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Mar 1918 1100 22 Bristol F.2b (A7161) 1 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Beaumont
2 18 Mar 1918 1030 22 Bristol F.2b (C4808) 2 Albatros D.V (DESF) Carvin
3 24 Mar 1918 1315 22 Bristol F.2b (A7286) 3 Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Arras
4 24 Mar 1918 1315 22 Bristol F.2b (A7286) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of Arras
5 25 Mar 1918 0825 22 Bristol F.2b (A7286) 3 Albatros D.V (DES) St. Ledger
6 30 Mar 1918 22 Bristol F.2b (C4894) 3 Balloon (DES) NE of Albert
7 20 May 1918 1700 22 Bristol F.2b (B1209) 4 Balloon (DES) Bailleul
8 20 May 1918 1700 22 Bristol F.2b (B1209) 4 Balloon (DES) Bailleul
9 22 May 1918 1925 22 Bristol F.2b (C776) 4 DFW C (OOC) Merville-Estaires
10 26 May 1918 1945 22 Bristol F.2b (C842) 4 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Armentières-Lille
11 28 May 1918 1100 22 Bristol F.2b (C4631) 4 C (DES) La Bassée
12 28 May 1918 1105 22 Bristol F.2b (C4631) 4 C (DES) La Bassée
13 10 Jul 1918 0915 22 Bristol F.2b (C1040) 4 Fokker DR.I (DES) SE of Lille
14 10 Jul 1918 0920 22 Bristol F.2b (C1040) 4 Fokker DR.I (DES) SE of Lille
15 20 Jul 1918 0900 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 4 Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Lille
16 20 Jul 1918 0915 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 4 Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Lille
17 20 Jul 1918 0930 22 Bristol F.2b (C989) 4 Fokker D.VII (OOC) S of Lille
18 08 Aug 1918 1040 22 Bristol F.2b (E2466) 5 Pfalz D.III (DES) NE of Vitry
19 08 Aug 1918 1040 22 Bristol F.2b (E2466) 5 Pfalz D.III (DES) 6 NE of Vitry
20 11 Aug 1918 1955 22 Bristol F.2b (E2466) 5 Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Armentières
21 13 Aug 1918 1100 22 Bristol F.2b (E2466) 5 Rumpler C (DES) 2 mi NW of Cambrai
22 13 Aug 1918 1101 22 Bristol F.2b (E2466) 5 Pfalz D.III (OOC) 2 mi NW of Cambrai
23 14 Aug 1918 1050 22 Bristol F.2b (E2466) 5 C (OOC) SW of Lille
24 16 Aug 1918 1045 22 Bristol F.2b (E2466) 5 Pfalz D.III (DES) SSE of Lille
25 21 Aug 1918 1410 22 Bristol F.2b (E2466) 5 C (OOC) Ervillers
26 22 Aug 1918 1910 22 Bristol F.2b (E2466) 5 Halberstadt C (DES) 7 NE of Bailleul

1 Observer Sgt A Burton
2 Observer 2Lt Josiah Morgan
3 Observer 2Lt Hugh Moore
4 Observer Lt George Thomson
5 Observer Capt Dennis Waight
6 Shared with Capt John Gurdon & 2Lt Charles Gass
7 Shared with Lt Ian Stead & 2Lt W A Cowie, Lt Herbert Beddow & Lt Thomas Birmingham
 
Books
"PI" in the Sky
A History of 22 Squadron RFC & RAF in the War of 1914-1918; William Harvey / Hardcover / Leicester: C. Huston 1971
 
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