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Name: Edward Hoare
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) Edware Hoare
Country: England
Rank: Sergeant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Unit: 88
Victories: 7
Born: 18 July 1890
Place of Birth: Acton Vale, London
Died: 08 October 1973
Place of Death: Rayleigh, Essex
Edward Hoare served with the Royal Naval Air Service (service no. 15955) and the Royal Air Force (service no. 215955) during the Great War. After serving as an Air Gunner aboard an Airship (NS1), he was posted to 88 Squadron where he scored 7 victories as a Bristol F.2b observer. He was wounded in action on 17 August 1918 and in October 1918, he was shot down and wounded again, remaining in hospital until after the end of the war. His Distinguished Flying Medal was gazetted on 1 January 1919. In 1939, Edward Hoare rejoined the Royal Air Force and was posted to a squadron based in Northern Ireland. He served as aircrew for over a year before his age was revealed and he left the service. He spent the remainder of the war as an ARP in Forest Gate, East London.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Jun 1918 2000 88 Bristol F.2b (C4720) 1 Halberstadt C (DESF) Houthulst Forest
2 28 Jun 1918 2000 88 Bristol F.2b (C4720) 1 Halberstadt C (DES) Houthulst Forest
3 01 Jul 1918 1945 88 Bristol F.2b (C4720) 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) W of Westroosbeke
4 06 Aug 1918 1045 88 Bristol F.2b (C4720) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Ploegsteert
5 11 Aug 1918 1130 88 Bristol F.2b (C787) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Combles
6 11 Aug 1918 1615 88 Bristol F.2b (E2183) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Herbecourt
7 14 Aug 1918 1745 88 Bristol F.2b (E2183) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Dompierre

1 Pilot Lt Alec Williamson
2 Pilot Lt C Foster
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