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Name: John Herbert Hedley
Military Cross (MC) John Herbert Hedley
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 20
Victories: 11
Born: 19 July 1887
Place of Birth: Tynemouth, Northumberland, England
Died: 01 April 1977
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, USA
 
 
An accountant from North Shields, John Herbert Hedley was the oldest son of Ralph and Ann Dunn (Hair) Hedley. Whilst serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers, he was promoted to Captain. As an observer serving with 20 Squadron, Captain Hedley scored eleven victories before he and his pilot, Captain Robert Kirby Kirkman, were captured on 27 March 1918. Their Bristol F.2b was shot down in flames near Foucaucourt by Karl Gallwitz of Jasta Boelcke. Hedley was repatriated on 13 December 1918. On 27 February 1919, Lt. (Hon. Capt.) Hedley was transferred to the unemployed list.

Hedley departed Southampton, England aboard the Red Star Line's Finland on 21 October 1920, arriving in New York ten days later. In Chicago, Illinois, on 3 May 1926, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. During World War II he was employed by the U. S. Army Air Corps in Dayton, Ohio.

WO 339/27352

The Luckiest Man Alive!
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
The Rockford Register-Gazette, Rockford, Illinois, Thursday, 27 December 1928, page 2
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Card, front
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Card, back
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 05 Dec 1917 0925 20 Bristol F.2b (A7144) Albatros C (OOC) 1 Dadizeele
2 10 Dec 1917 0915 20 Bristol F.2b (A7144) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 E of Staden
3 22 Dec 1917 1400 20 Bristol F.2b (A7144) Albatros D.V (DESF) 2 Roulers
4 22 Dec 1917 1420 20 Bristol F.2b (A7144) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 Roulers
5 04 Jan 1918 1200 20 Bristol F.2b (A7255) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 Menin
6 04 Feb 1918 1055 20 Bristol F.2b Balloon (DES) 4 28K 5C
7 04 Feb 1918 1100 20 Bristol F.2b Albatros D.V (DES) 5 28K 5C
8 17 Feb 1918 1120 20 Bristol F.2b (B1177) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 5 Moorslede
9 17 Feb 1918 1130 20 Bristol F.2b (B1177) Pfalz D.III (DES) 5 W of Moorslede
10 23 Mar 1918 1210 20 Bristol F.2b (B1156) Albatros D.V (DESF) 5 E of Wervicq
11 23 Mar 1918 1212 20 Bristol F.2b (B1156) Albatros D.V (OOC) 5 E of Menin

1 Pilot Sgt Frank Johnson
2 Pilot 2Lt Reginald Makepeace
3 Pilot 2Lt Thomas Colvill-Jones
4 Pilot Capt Robert Kirby Kirkman
 
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