Posted to 11 Squadron, Cyril Nelson Lowe, the son of Charles William Nelson and Alice (Ridlington) Lowe, scored his second victory on 24 March 1917 but was wounded in action when his F.E.2b went down under the guns of Reinhold Jörke. Posted to 24 Squadron in 1918, Lowe scored eight more victories flying the S.E.5a.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. Cyril Nelson Lowe, M.C.
This officer has destroyed five enemy machines and driven down two others out of control. On one occasion he attacked two enemy triplanes, although at the time only one of his guns was serviceable; he shot down one of the machines in flames. On another occasion, while leading a formation of eight scouts he engaged a hostile formation of twenty-six machines. Having shot down a Fokker biplane he went to the assistance of one of our scouts and drove the enemy machine down to 500 feet; at this low altitude half of a blade of his propeller was shot off by fire from the ground.
T./Capt. Cyril Nelson Lowe, Gen. List., attd. R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer and another pilot were escorting a formation of machines engaged on a bombing raid when seven enemy scouts attacked the bombers. They both attacked these scouts, but at the outset this officer's machine was set on fire, and the other pilot's right hand top plane broke. During the fight that ensued each came to the rescue of the other. The other pilot first caused Capt. Lowe's pursuer to break off his attack, and then Capt. Lowe shot down the scout attacking his comrade. The action of both these officers, in practically unmanoeuvrable machines, in coming to the rescue of each other in turn, showed courage and self-sacrifice of a very high order.