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Name: Robert Kirby Kirkman
Military Cross (MC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 20
Victories: 8
Born: 1891
Place of Birth: Cosby, Leicestershire, England
Died: 09 May 1938
Place of Death: London
 
 
After serving with the Leicester Regiment, Robert Kirby Kirkman, the son of Annie E. Kirkman, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. Posted to 20 Squadron in the summer of 1917, he scored eight victories before he and his observer, John Herbert Hedley, were captured on 27 March 1918. Their Bristol F.2b was shot down near Foucaucourt by Karl Gallwitz of Jasta Boelcke.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. Robert Kirby Kirkman, Gen. List, and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led a patrol of eleven aeroplanes, and through his skilful manoeuvring and leadership the patrol destroyed four enemy scouts and drove down three more out of control. On several other occasions he has driven down and destroyed hostile machines, and has always set a fine example of courage and determination.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 Sep 1917 1400 20 Bristol F.2b (A7234) 1 Albatros D.V (DESF) E of Menin
2 21 Sep 1917 1100 20 Bristol F.2b (A7141) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Becelaere
3 13 Nov 1917 1500 20 Bristol F.2b (A7253) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Becelaere
4 05 Dec 1917 1250 20 Bristol F.2b (A7298) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Oostnieuwkerke
5 22 Jan 1918 1115 20 Bristol F.2b (B1156) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
6 25 Jan 1918 1235 20 Bristol F.2b (B1156) 4 Albatros D.V (DESF) Courtemarck
7 23 Mar 1918 1210 20 Bristol F.2b (B1156) 5 Albatros D.V (DESF) E of Wervicq
8 23 Mar 1918 1245 20 Bristol F.2b (B1156) 5 Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Menin

1 Observer 2Lt J P Flynn
2 Observer Leslie Burbidge
3 Observer AM2 J McMechan
4 Observer Lt A D Keith
5 Observer John Hedley
 
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