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Name: Keith Knox Muspratt
Military Cross (MC) Keith Muspratt
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 56
Victories: 8
Born: 22 December 1897
Place of Birth: Bournemouth
Died: 16 March 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Martlesham Heath
Cemetery: Bournemouth (Wimborne Road) Cemetery, Hampshire
Keith Knox Muspratt received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2789 on 27 April 1916.
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Keith Knox Muspratt, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great initiative throughout the offensive operations, and seldom failed to become engaged with enemy aircraft when on offensive patrol. He destroyed several hostile machines. He took part in over forty offensive patrols, the majority of which entailed very severe fighting at low altitudes under heavy fire, and he set a magnificent example by his skill, gallantry, and initiative.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 May 1917 1900-2000 56 S.E.5 (A4861) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 S of Douai
2 28 May 1917 0630-0730 56 S.E.5 (A8913) Albatros D.III (OOC) Lecluse
3 17 Jul 1917 2015 56 S.E.5 (A8913) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 Roulers-Menin Road
4 14 Aug 1917 Abt 1000 56 S.E.5 (A8944) C (DES) Houthoulst Wood
5 18 Aug 1917 0630-0730 56 S.E.5 (A8944) C (DES) Becelaere
6 22 Aug 1917 1830-1950 56 S.E.5 (A8944) C (CAP) S of St. Julian
7 29 Oct 1917 Abt 0900 56 S.E.5 (A8944) Albatros D.V (DES) Roulers-Menin Road
8 31 Oct 1917 0905-1115 56 S.E.5 (A8944) C (DES) Stadenberg

1 Shared with Capt Cyril Crowe, 2Lt Reginald Hoidge, 2Lt Arthur Rhys Davids, 2Lt John Turnbull
2 Shared with Capt Ian Henderson, 2Lt Leonard Barlow, 2Lt Arthur Rhys Davids, Lt V P Cronyn (A4856)
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