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Name: Harold Thomas Mellings
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Photo courtesy of Mike Westrop
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 10N, 2W (RNAS)
210 (RAF)
Victories: 15
Born: 05 August 1899
Place of Birth: Bromfield, Shropshire
Died: 22 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Ostend
Cemetery: Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery, Nieuwpoort, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
 
 
Harold Thomas Mellings was wounded in action on 15 April 1918. Having scored his last two victories on the morning of 22 July 1918, he was killed in action that evening when his Sopwith Camel was shot down over Ostend by Ludwig Beckmann of Jasta 56.

Birth registered in the 3rd quarter of 1899 at Ludlow, Shropshire.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Harold Thomas Mellings, R.N.A.S.
   In recognition of his services on the 19th March, 1917, when he attacked a hostile aeroplane with great gallantry at heights varying from 12,000 to 2,000 feet.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (Hon. Capt.) Harold Thomas Mellings, D.S.C. (Sea Patrol).
   A very gallant officer who, on a recent patrol, attacked and caused to crash an enemy two-seater. Later, on the same patrol, he was attacked by four Fokkers, one of which he shot down at a range of ten yards; this machine was seen to crash. A second was driven down smoking. Since he was awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross Captain Mellings has, in addition to the above, accounted for eleven enemy machines—seven destroyed, and four driven down out of control.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Sep 1916 2W Bristol Scout LVG C (OOC) Chakli, near Smyrna
u/c 20 Jun 1917 2W Sopwith Triplane (N5431) Halberstadt N of Illkeli-Pergama
2 30 Sep 1917 abt 0800 2W Sopwith Triplane (N5431) Albatros W4 (DES) Mudros
3 19 Nov 1917 2W Sopwith Triplane (N5431) Albatros D.III (DES)  
4 25 Nov 1917 2W Sopwith Triplane (N5431) Rumpler C (DESF)  
5 29 Nov 1917 2W Sopwith Triplane (N5431) Albatros D.III (DES)  
6 28 Feb 1918 1715 10N Sopwith Camel (N6357) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Ypres
7 10 Mar 1918 1600 10N Sopwith Camel (N6357) Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Dixmude
8 16 Mar 1918 0930 10N Sopwith Camel (N6376) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Roulers
9 24 Mar 1918 0920 10N Sopwith Camel (N6376) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Menin-Roulers
10 24 Mar 1918 0920 10N Sopwith Camel (N6376) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Menin-Roulers
11 09 Apr 1918 1515 210 Sopwith Camel (B6208) Albatros C (DES) La Bassée
12 20 Jul 1918 0945 210 Sopwith Camel (F5914) Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Ostend
13 20 Jul 1918 0945 210 Sopwith Camel (F5914) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 1 SE of Ostend
14 22 Jul 1918 0830 210 Sopwith Camel (F5914) C (DES) SE of Ostend
15 22 Jul 1918 0845 210 Sopwith Camel (F5914) Fokker D.VII (DES) 1 mi E of Ypres

1 Shared with Lt Archibald Buchanan
 
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