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Name: Maurice Ashdown Newnham
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Croix de Guerre with Palm
Maurice Newnham
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 4, 65
Victories: 18
Born: 31 August 1897
Place of Birth: Kensington, London, England
Died: October 1974
Place of Death: Hampshire, England
 
 
The son of Alfred and Harriet Newnham, Maurice Ashdown Newnham joined the Royal Flying Corps, at age 17, as a dispatch rider. Assigned to 4 Squadron in France, he was sent back to England for flight training a year and a half later. Shot down by Josef Mai on 25 April 1918, Newnham survived and went on to score 18 victories flying the Sopwith Camel. His Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) citation credited him with 102 offensive patrols during the war.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Maurice Ashdown Newnham. (FRANCE)
   This officer has taken part in several night-bombing raids and in 102 offensive patrols, many of which he has led with ability and success. On the night of 23rd-24th September Lt. Newnham carried out a very successful long distance raid on an enemy aerodrome. Owing to heavy rain and a strong west wind he had difficulty in reaching his objective. Undeterred by this, he succeeded, and effectively bombed the aerodrome, obtaining two direct hits on a large Zeppelin shed. He then attacked other objectives, descending to ground level to do so. He returned to our lines after a 2½ hours flight.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 May 1918 1930 65 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (DES) 1 N of Villers Brettoneaux
2 15 Jun 1918 2100 65 Sopwith Camel (D1960) DFW C (OOC) Brache
3 20 Jun 1918 1245 65 Sopwith Camel (D1960) Pfalz D.III (DES) SE of Bray
4 29 Jun 1918 1735 65 Sopwith Camel (D1962) Pfalz D.III (DES) SE of Bray
5 29 Jun 1918 1735 65 Sopwith Camel (D1962) Fokker DR.I (OOC) SE of Bray
6 30 Aug 1918 1340 65 Sopwith Camel (E1481) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Ghistelles-Snelleghem
7 31 Aug 1918 1615 65 Sopwith Camel (E1481) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Varssenaere
8 20 Sep 1918 1015 65 Sopwith Camel (E1481) Fokker D.VII (DES) Jabbeke
9 27 Sep 1918 1150 65 Sopwith Camel (E1481) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Ghistelles
10 02 Oct 1918 0920 65 Sopwith Camel (E7279) Balloon (DES) NW of Courtrai
11 03 Oct 1918 1530 65 Sopwith Camel (E7279) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Moorslede
12 04 Oct 1918 1750 65 Sopwith Camel (E7279) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lendelede
13 30 Oct 1918 1320 65 Sopwith Camel (E7279) Fokker D.VII (OOC) W of Mullem
14 30 Oct 1918 1322 65 Sopwith Camel (E7279) Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Mullem
15 01 Nov 1918 1025 65 Sopwith Camel Balloon (DES) 2 W of Renaix
16 04 Nov 1918 0850 65 Sopwith Camel (E7189) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Ghent
17 04 Nov 1918 0855 65 Sopwith Camel (E7189) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Ghent
18 09 Nov 1918 1345 65 Sopwith Camel (E7279) Balloon (DES) NE of Gontrode

1 Shared with Capt John Gilmour, 2Lt Thomas Williams, 2Lt H Brown, 2Lt W F Scott-Kerr, 2Lt H Spredbury
2 Shared with Lt G Richardson, 2Lt A J Cleare, 2Lt A R Deans, Lt F J Wolno, 2Lt H G Luther, 2Lt R C Stiven
 
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