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Name: Thomas Carlyon "Sammy" Luke
Military Cross (MC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 66 (RFC)
209 (RAF)
Victories: 6
Born: 21 July 1891
Place of Birth: Plymouth
Died: 1935
Place of Death:  
 
 
Thomas Carlyon Luke was wounded in action when his plane was shot down on 28 July 1917.

Birth registered in the 3rd quarter of 1891, at Plymouth, Devon; 1901 Census confirms Plymouth as the birthplace and says "born about 1892."
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Thomas Carlyon Luke, R.E. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial combats. On several occasions he attacked hostile formations and dispersed them, although they were in superior numbers, showing great dash and fearlessness in engaging them at close range. He has taken part in thirty-five offensive patrols, at all times setting a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 23 May 1917 1825-2050 66 Sopwith Pup (B1703) C (OOC)  
2 28 May 1917 0600-0830 66 Sopwith Pup (B1703) C (OOC)  
3 15 Jun 1917 0900 66 Sopwith Pup (B1724) Albatros D.III (DES) W of Houthem
4 28 Jul 1917 1845-2055 66 Sopwith Pup (B1724) Albatros D.III (DESF) E of Roulers
5 08 Aug 1918 1905 209 Sopwith Camel (C142) Halberstadt C (DESF) 1 Harbonnières
6 25 Aug 1918 1430 209 Sopwith Camel (D9637) Fokker D.VII (DES) Baissy

1 Shared with Capt Robert Foster (C61), Lt Cedric Edwards (D9588), Lt Kenneth Walker (C199), Lt M A Harker (D9625)
 
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