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Name: Cecil Frederick King
Military Cross (MC) and 2 Bars
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Croix de Guerre
Cecil King
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 43
Victories: 22
Born: 19 February 1899
Place of Birth: Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Died: 24 January 1919 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Sedgeford, Norfolk, England
Cemetery: Docking (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk, England
 
 
Cecil Frederick King was assigned to 43 Squadron in 1917. He flew the Sopwith Camel until it was replaced with a Sopwith Snipe in the fall of 1918.
 
Casualties
Capt. CECIL FREDERICK KING, M.C., D.F.C., Croix de Guerre (avec Palme), R.A.F., son of Mr. and Mrs. F . H. King, Springfield Dukes, Chelmsford, was killed, the result of a collision in the air at Sedgeford, Norfolk, on January 24th, aged 19 years 11 months. He was educated at Verites, Charterhouse. On leaving school early in 1917 he joined the Royal Flying Corps, and in September of t h a t year went to France, where he served continuously for thirteen months as flying officer and flight commander. He shot down 22 enemy machines, 19 of which were officially confirmed. He also did fine work in attacking enemy troops at low altitudes with his machine-guns and bombs. The French decoration was awarded to him for services rendered to the French Army during the second battle of the Marne, July, 1918. Capt. C. F. King was recently transferred to Sedgeford as a fighting instructor. The funeral took place at Docking (near Sedgeford) on February 4, with full R.A.F. honours.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Cecil Frederick King, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On five occasions during a period of three months he has sent down four enemy machines completely out of control, and has destroyed one other. Later, under very adverse weather conditions he carried out a low reconnaissance, during which he engaged troops in a station, causing several casualties, fired into a body of the enemy entering a village from a height of 50 feet, attacked four gun limbers, causing the teams to stampede, and finally dived on to a parade of troops, who scattered in all directions. He has displayed exceptional daring and skill, which, combined with a splendid dash and initiative, have set a fine example to his squadron.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) Cecil Frederick King, M.C.
   He is a fine leader who at all times shows great gallantry and skill in manoeuvring; his energy and keenness have brought his flight to a high standard of efficiency. He frequently descends to low altitudes to obtain good results from bombing, and shooting, and on several occasions he has brought down enemy aeroplanes.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Nov 1917 1215 43 Sopwith Camel (B6210) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 E of Annay
2 16 Feb 1918 1115 43 Sopwith Camel (B2432) Pfalz D.III (OOC) S of Courrieres
3 17 Feb 1918 0920 43 Sopwith Camel (B5608) C (OOC) 2 Pont a Vendin
4 18 Feb 1918 1010 43 Sopwith Camel (B5608) C (OOC) 3 E of Henin-Lietard
5 26 Feb 1918 1015 43 Sopwith Camel (B5608) Albatros D.V (DES) Fresnoy
6 13 Mar 1918 1300 43 Sopwith Camel (B5608) Albatros D.V (DES) La Bassée
7 24 Mar 1918 1100 43 Sopwith Camel (C8262) DFW C (DES) 4 SE of Mercatel
8 28 Mar 1918 0935 43 Sopwith Camel (D1777) Albatros D.V (DES) 4 mi E of Albert Bray Road
9 03 Apr 1918 0920 43 Sopwith Camel (D1777) Fokker DR.I (DES) 5 Morlancourt
10 06 Apr 1918 1735 43 Sopwith Camel (D1782) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Guillancourt
11 12 Apr 1918 1115 43 Sopwith Camel (D1792) Pfalz D.III (DES) Bois du Biez
12 08 May 1918 1315 43 Sopwith Camel (D1864) Fokker DR.I (OOC) SE of Bailleul
13 30 May 1918 1445 43 Sopwith Camel (D1864) Albatros D.V (OOC) Flers
14 07 Jun 1918 0910 43 Sopwith Camel (D1864) Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Roye
15 10 Jun 1918 1915 43 Sopwith Camel (D1864) Albatros D.V (DES) W of Ressons
16 13 Jun 1918 0840 43 Sopwith Camel (D1864) Pfalz D.III (DES) NE of St. Amand
17 18 Jul 1918 1515 43 Sopwith Camel (D1864) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Neuilly St. Front
18 30 Jul 1918 1910 43 Sopwith Camel (D1864) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Fère en Tardenois
19 08 Aug 1918 1645 43 Sopwith Camel (D1864) Fokker D.VII (OOC) W of Péronne
20 27 Sep 1918 0925 43 Sopwith Snipe (E8031) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 6 Cambrai
21 01 Oct 1918 1030 43 Sopwith Snipe (E8031) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 7 Quievy
22 30 Oct 1918 1335 43 Sopwith Snipe (E8031) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Aulnoye

1 Shared with Lt William MacLanachan
2 Shared with Harold Balfour, 2Lt Grandy (B6272)
3 Shared with Capt Harold Balfour, 2Lt Grandy (B6272), 2Lt C R Maasdorp (B5409), 2Lt N Orcutt (B5628)
4 Shared with 2Lt Robert Owen
5 Shared with Lt L G Loudoun (C8215), Capt T O'Neil (C8298)
6 Shared with Lt Charles Banks
7 Shared with Lt A C Macauley
 
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