Posted to 19 Squadron in 1917, Patrick Huskinson downed 11 enemy aircraft in the Great War.
Before he was blinded by a German bomb in April 1941, he designed the 12,000 pound "block buster" bombs that helped cripple Germany in World War II. Air Commodore Patrick Huskinson died in his sleep at his home in London, aged 69.
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Patrick Huskinson, Notts. and Derby. R. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and skill. When attacking the enemy's communications, alone and without an observer, he descended to 800 feet in order to release his bombs on a train and station. He was under continuous fire and his engine and machine were seriously damaged, but he succeeded in flying back at a low altitude and safely landing within our lines. He was again heavily fired at as he crossed the lines.
Lt. (T./Capt.) Patrick Huskinson, M.C., Notts. and Derby. R., and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a period of six months he has destroyed two hostile machines and driven down seven others out of control. He has also, during an attack, carried out a ground patrol, flying at a very low altitude, during which he engaged, a company of the enemy with machine-gun fire. On a later occasion, when firing at roads from a low altitude, he received a direct hit from a shell, which carried away a portion of his machine. He, however, regained control, and, landing upside down-in a shell hole full of water, was suspended in the water until nearly drowned. After his rescue, he remained all day working under shell fire until he had salved the engine. He has at all times proved himself to be a very gallant, keen and able pilot.
(M.C. gazetted 27th July, 1916.)