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Name: John Leacroft
Military Cross (MC) and Bar John Leacroft
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 14, 19
Victories: 22
Born: 04 November 1888
Place of Birth: Derby, Derbyshire, England
Died: 26 August 1971
Place of Death: Bexhill, Sussex, England
 
 
The son of John W. and Agnes A. Leacroft, John Leacroft first flew as an observer with 14 Squadron in Egypt. After flight training, he was assigned to 19 Squadron and sent to France. During 1917, he scored fourteen victories flying the SPAD XIII. In 1918, Leacroft scored another eight victories when his squadron was the first to receive the new Sopwith Dolphin. Although he was shot down twice, he survived the war and retired from the Royal Air Force in 1937 as a Group Captain.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. John Leacroft, Genl. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion he flew at a very low altitude in extremely bad weather and successfully engaged enemy troops with machine-gun fire, and on another occasion carried out a most valuable reconnaissance and engaged enemy troops from a height of 100 feet. He destroyed two hostile machines, and has proved himself a courageous and determined pilot.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 17 Jun 1917 1130 19 SPAD (B1535) C (OOC) E of La Bassée
2 06 Jul 1917 1435-1639 19 SPAD (B3520) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
3 26 Aug 1917 0540 19 SPAD (B3559) Albatros D.V (DES) Bisseghem
4 01 Sep 1917 0655 19 SPAD (B3559) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Polygon Wood
5 01 Sep 1917 0815 19 SPAD (B3559) Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of Comines
6 03 Sep 1917 0830 19 SPAD (B3559) Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of Comines
7 19 Sep 1917 1535 19 SPAD (B3559) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 N of Roubaix
8 19 Sep 1917 1600 19 SPAD (B3559) Albatros D.V (OOC) W of Moorslede
9 21 Sep 1917 0950 19 SPAD (B3559) Albatros D.V (OOC) Dadizeele
10 25 Sep 1917 1000 19 SPAD (B3559) C (OOC) Menin
11 14 Oct 1917 1620 19 SPAD (B3646) Albatros D.V (DES) Becelaere
12 21 Oct 1917 1020 19 SPAD (A6805) Albatros D.V (DES) Oude-Menin
13 24 Oct 1917 0845 19 SPAD (A6802) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Menin
14 24 Oct 1917 0845 19 SPAD (A6802) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Menin
15 15 Mar 1918 1115 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3843) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Tourcoing
16 15 Mar 1918 1150 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3843) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Wervicq
17 17 Mar 1918 1225 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Pfalz D.III (DESF) De Ruiter
18 23 Mar 1918 1540 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) C (DESF) 2 Lille
19 24 Mar 1918 1050 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Albatros D.V (OOC) W of Menin
20 24 Mar 1918 1055 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Albatros D.V (DES) W of Menin
21 12 Apr 1918 1400 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Estaires
22 02 May 1918 1745 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Pfalz D.III (DES) S of Armentières

1 Shared with 2Lt F W Kirby (B3574)
2 Shared with Lt Arthur Fairclough
 
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