The Aerodrome Home Page
Aces of WWI
Aircraft of WWI
Books and Videos
The Aerodrome Forum
Sign the Guestbook
Help
WWI Web Sites
Medals & Decorations
The Aerodrome News
Search The Aerodrome
Today in History




Name: Harry George Ernest Luchford
Military Cross (MC) and Bar Harry Luchford [England]
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 20
Victories: 24
Born: 28 October 1894
Place of Birth: Lucknow, India
Died: 02 December 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Private Bank Sports Ground, London, England
 
 
The son of George and Helena Luchford, Harry George Ernest Luchford was born in India and raised in England. A bank clerk, he enlisted with the Norfolk Regiment at Bromley, Kent and was commissioned in September 1914. After serving with the Indian Divisional Cavalry in France, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in January 1917. Posted to 20 Squadron later that year, he scored 24 victories flying two-seaters. He was killed in action when his Bristol F.2b was shot down by Walter von Bülow-Bothkamp.

His obituary appeared in Flight magazine.
Harry George Ernest Luchford's Military Cross (MC) and Bar
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Lt. Harry George Ernest Luchford, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has carried out a great deal of extremely useful work, and has proved himself a capable and determined leader. On one occasion when on a photographic reconnaissance he and his observer shot down and destroyed two enemy scouts. He has destroyed five other hostile machines.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
For conspcuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When engaged on a patrol, he and his observer encountered about fifteen hostile aeroplanes, and shot one of them down in flames. Later, when engaged on a reconnaissance with three other machines, he encountered eight hostile aeroplanes and shot one of then down. On another occasion be destroyed on of three hostile scouts which were attacking one of our machines, and also shot down a hostile two-seater.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 13 Jun 1917 0845 20 F.E.2d (A6516) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Houthem
2 29 Jun 1917 1320 20 F.E.2d (A6516) 2 Albatros D.III (DESF) Zonnebeke
3 03 Jul 1917 1500 20 F.E.2d (A6547) 1 Albatros D.III (DES) Becelaere
4 06 Jul 1917 1830 20 F.E.2d (A6512) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Comines
5 06 Jul 1917 1830 20 F.E.2d (A6512) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Comines
6 17 Jul 1917 1955 20 F.E.2d (A6548) 3 Albatros D.III (OOC) Polygon Wood
7 21 Jul 1917 1850 20 F.E.2d (A6548) 3 Albatros D.III (OOC) Menin
8 27 Jul 1917 1945-2040 20 F.E.2d (A1956) 3 Albatros D.III (DESF) N of Menin
9 27 Jul 1917 1945-2040 20 F.E.2d (A1956) 3 Albatros D.III (OOC) N of Menin
10 16 Aug 1917 1145 20 F.E.2d (A6448) 1 Albatros C (OOC) Menin
11 17 Aug 1917 1445 20 F.E.2d (B1897) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) Houthem
12 09 Sep 1917 1315 20 Bristol Fighter (A7215) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) Becelaere
13 11 Sep 1917 1400 20 Bristol Fighter (A7215) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Menin
14 21 Sep 1917 1700 20 Bristol Fighter (A7428) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) Becelaere
15 25 Sep 1917 1830 20 Bristol Fighter (B1128) 4 Albatros D.V (DES) E of Gheluvelt
16 28 Sep 1917 1230 20 Bristol Fighter (B1122) 4 Albatros D.V (DESF) Menin
17 28 Sep 1917 1230 20 Bristol Fighter (B1122) 4 Albatros D.V (DES) Menin
18 01 Oct 1917 1445 20 Bristol Fighter (B1122) 4 Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Roulers
19 11 Oct 1917 0715 20 Bristol Fighter (B1122) 5 Albatros D.V (DESF) Moorslede
20 11 Oct 1917 0715 20 Bristol Fighter (B1122) 5 Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
21 17 Oct 1917 1000 20 Bristol Fighter (B1138) 6 Albatros D.V (DES) Dadizeele
22 18 Oct 1917 0845 20 Bristol Fighter (B1138) 6 Albatros D.V (DES) Houthem-Tenbrielen
23 18 Oct 1917 0900 20 Bristol Fighter (B1138) 6 DFW C (DES) W of Dadizeele
24 21 Oct 1917 1520 20 Bristol Fighter (B1138) 6 LVG C (DES) Menin

1 Observer 2Lt James Tennant
2 Observer 2Lt W D Kennard
3 Observer Lt Melville Waddington
4 Observer Lt Richard Hill
5 Observer Sgt William Benger
6 Observer Lt Victor White
 
Aces · Aircraft · Books · Forum · Guests · Help · Links · Medals · News · Search · Today