A medical student, Richard Burnard Munday joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915. In 1916 he served as an instructor at Cranwell, then joined 8 Naval Squadron as a flight commander in 1917. Scoring 9 victories, Munday became proficient at attacking and destroying enemy balloons at night.
Listed as Richard Bernard Munday in the London Gazette.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Cdr. Richard Bernard Munday, R.N.A.S.
For courage and initiative. Offensive patrol under his able and determined leadership have consistently engaged enemy aircraft, and he has displayed the utmost courage in carrying out special missions alone, both by day and by night.
On the 21st February, 1918, he attacked a new type enemy two-seater machine. The enemy machine dived steeply east, and Flt. Cdr. Munday followed and closed in, firing a long burst at close range, after which the enemy went down vertically out of control.
On other occasions he has brought down enemy machines completely out of control, and has set fire to and destroyed enemy kite balloons both by day and night. On one occasion he attacked an enemy kite balloon at night, and destroysd both the balloon and its shed by fire.