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Name: Cecil James "Chaps" Marchant
Military Cross (MC) Cecil James Marchant
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 44, 46, 78
Victories: 9
Born: 15 July 1895
Place of Birth: London
Died: 30 May 1965
Place of Death:  
 
 
2nd Lieutenant Cecil James Marchant received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3971 on 1 August 1916. He was wounded on 2 July 1918.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. Cecil James Merchant, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He, with two other pilots of his squadron, bombed a freight train from a height of 50 feet, three trucks being derailed. Again, on a later occasion he, with five other pilots, bombed and fired at a column of enemy transport with such good effect that three-quarters of the personnel became casualties and most of the vehicles were destroyed. Whilst on a low bombing reconnaissance during the recent operations he brought down two hostile two-seater machines out of control and shot down a third in flames. He has at all times displayed marked gallantry and resource.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Mar 1918 1500 46 Sopwith Camel (C1554) LVG C (OOC) 1 Bullecourt
2 23 Mar 1918 1015 46 Sopwith Camel (B9211) C (OOC) Croisilles
3 23 Mar 1918 1030 46 Sopwith Camel (B9211) C (DESF) Mory
4 23 Mar 1918 1410 46 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (OOC) Morchies
5 03 Apr 1918 1245 46 Sopwith Camel (B9211) Albatros C (DES) 2 57 D L32
6 20 Apr 1918 1000 46 Sopwith Camel (B9211) Albatros C (DES) 2 Harnes
7 25 Apr 1918 46 Sopwith Camel LVG C (DES) 3 W of Lens
8 02 May 1918 1700 46 Sopwith Camel (B9211) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 4 Estaires
9 06 May 1918 1800 46 Sopwith Camel DFW C (CAP) 5 St. Venant

1 Shared with 2Lt Donald MacLaren
2 Shared with 2Lt Maurice Freehill (B5636)
3 Shared with 2Lt E Smith, 2Lt Philip Tudhope
4 Shared with 2Lt John Smith (C1575)
5 Shared with 2Lt Donald MacLaren, 2Lt John Smith, Lt Victor Yeates, 2Lt H T W Manwaring
 
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