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Name: Cyril Nelson Lowe
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Cyril Nelson Lowe
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 11, 24
Victories: 9
Born: 07 October 1891
Place of Birth: Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England
Died: 06 February 1983
Place of Death: Reigate, Surrey, England
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.
Obituary, London Guardian, 8 February 1983
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.
Military Cross (MC)
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.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 15 Mar 1917 11 F.E.2b C (DES) 1 Bailleul
2 24 Mar 1917 0945 11 F.E.2b (A5442) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 Fontaine les Croisilles
3 23 Apr 1918 1415 24 S.E.5a (D275) Pfalz D.III (OOC) S of Warfusée
4 03 May 1918 1145 24 S.E.5a (D275) Fokker DR.I (OOC) 2 Marcelcave
5 09 May 1918 1845 24 S.E.5a (D275) Albatros D.V (OOC) Hangard Wood
6 06 Jun 1918 1130 24 S.E.5a (C6452) Fokker DR.I (DES) Mézières
7 07 Jun 1918 1145 24 S.E.5a (C6452) Fokker DR.I (DESF) Rosières
8 25 Jun 1918 1110 24 S.E.5a (C6452) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Contalmaison
9 01 Jul 1918 0850 24 S.E.5a (E1293) LVG C (OOC) Méaulte

1 Observer 2Lt G Masters
2 Shared with Lt Ronald Mark
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