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Name: Horace Percy Lale
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Horace Lale
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 20, 39, 48
Victories: 23
Born: 08 April 1886
Place of Birth: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: 05 April 1955
Place of Death:  
 
 
The son of Katherine Lale of Bristol, Horace Percy Lale emigrated to Canada before the war. He enlisted at Calgary, Alberta on 5 January 1915 and served with the Canadian Mounted Rifles before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps on 26 September 1916. Flying the Bristol Fighter, Lale scored 4 victories with 48 Squadron in 1917 and 19 victories with 20 Squadron in 1918. For post-war service in Waziristan, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and a bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
2nd Lieut. (A./Capt.) Horace Percy Lale. (FRANCE)
   A bold and courageous officer, who leads his patrol with marked skill and judgment. He has accounted for twelve enemy aeroplanes—five crashed, four shot down in flames, and three driven down out of control. On 6th September he led his patrol of nine machines to the assistance of some formations that were attacked by thirty or forty enemy aircraft; in the engagement he and his Observer accounted for two Fokkers; eventually the enemy was driven off, five of their machines being destroyed and three shot down out of control.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Jun 1917 2015 48 Bristol F.2b (A7119) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Douai
2 22 Jul 1917 1330 48 Bristol F.2b (A7117) 2 Albatros D.III (OOC) 2 mi E of Ostend
3 19 Aug 1917 1700 48 Bristol F.2b (A7176) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) 5 mi S of Nieuport
4 14 Sep 1917 1845 48 Bristol F.2b (A7219) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Slype
5 30 Jun 1918 0730 20 Bristol F.2b (A8716) 3 Fokker D.VII (DES) NW of Menin
6 25 Jul 1918 0850 20 Bristol F.2b (C4718) 4 Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Comines
7 25 Jul 1918 0855 20 Bristol F.2b (C4718) 4 Fokker D.VII (DESF) 9 Comines
8 11 Aug 1918 1740 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 5 Balloon (DES) W of Courtrai
9 14 Aug 1918 abt 1830 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 4 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Dadizeele
10 21 Aug 1918 1910 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 4 Pfalz D.III (DES) NE of Gheluwe
11 21 Aug 1918 1915 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 4 Fokker D.VII (DESF) 10 Gheluwe
12 21 Aug 1918 1915 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) Gheluwe
13 21 Aug 1918 1917 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 4 Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Menin-Roulers Road
14 03 Sep 1918 1745 20 Bristol F.2b (E2181) 4 Fokker D.VII (OOC) S of Havrincourt Wood
15 05 Sep 1918 1520 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 6 Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Cambrai
16 06 Sep 1918 0845 20 Bristol F.2b (E2181) 6 Fokker D.VII (DESF) St. Quentin
17 06 Sep 1918 0845 20 Bristol F.2b (E2181) 6 Fokker D.VII (DESF) St. Quentin
18 07 Sep 1918 1810 20 Bristol F.2b (E2181) 6 Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of St. Quentin
19 03 Oct 1918 1005 20 Bristol F.2b (E2588) 7 Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Mericourt
20 23 Oct 1918 1510 20 Bristol F.2b (E2407) 8 Fokker D.VII (DES) SW of Noyelles
21 23 Oct 1918 1515 20 Bristol F.2b (E2407) 8 Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Preux
22 30 Oct 1918 1205 20 Bristol F.2b (E2407) 8 Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Avesnes
23 30 Oct 1918 1205 20 Bristol F.2b (E2407) 8 Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Avesnes

1 Observer 2Lt R N W Jeff
2 Observer 2Lt G R Waters
3 Observer Lt Ernest Hardcastle
4 Observer 2Lt F J Ralphs
5 Observer 2Lt John Hills
6 Observer Lt Harold Edwards
7 Observer Lt W Learmond
8 Observer Lt Clement Boothroyd
9 Shared with Lt David Smith & Pbr John Hills (C4672), Lt William Thomson & Sgt J D C Summers
10 Shared with Dennis Latimer & Sgt Arthur Newland
 
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