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Name: Herbert Andrew Patey
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Herbert Patey
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 10N (RNAS)
210 (RAF)
Victories: 11
Born: 25 September 1898
Place of Birth: London
Died: 18 February 1919
Place of Death: London
Cemetery: Hampstead Cemetery, London
Herbert Andrew Patey was captured on 5 September 1918 after being shot down by Ludwig Beckmann of Jasta 56. Following the Armistice, he returned home on 24 December 1918 but died from influenza in February 1919.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Herbert Andrew Patey (Sea Patrol).
   Whilst leading his flight on an offensive patrol eight enemy machines were encountered. Captain Patey was cut off from his patrol by two of the enemy who got on his tail, and continued in that position until within 2,000 feet of the ground, at which point his machine was hit in the petrol tank. Notwithstanding his serious handicap, he turned four times on his pursuers, destroying one, and driving the remainder away. On previous occasions this officer has destroyed two enemy machines and brought down two more out of control, and, in company with other pilots, he has assisted in destroying or bringing down out of control five additional enemy aircraft.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 17 May 1918 1105 210 Sopwith Camel (D3391) Rumpler C (DES) 1 NE of Bailleul
2 21 May 1918 1120 210 Sopwith Camel (B7849) Balloon (DES) 2 Ploegsteert Wood
3 17 Jun 1918 1500 210 Sopwith Camel (D3410) Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Zillebeke Lake
4 26 Jun 1918 1920 210 Sopwith Camel (D9622) Halberstadt C (DESF) W of Armentières
5 29 Jun 1918 1930 210 Sopwith Camel (D9622) Fokker D.VII (DESF) 3 Armentières
6 16 Jul 1918 1155 210 Sopwith Camel (B7280) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Zeebrugge
7 20 Jul 1918 0950 210 Sopwith Camel (B7280) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Ostend
8 31 Jul 1918 1115 210 Sopwith Camel (B7280) Fokker D.VII (DES) SW of Ghistelles
9 01 Aug 1918 1925 210 Sopwith Camel (B7280) Fokker D.VII (DESF) N of Lille
10 06 Aug 1918 1915 210 Sopwith Camel (B7280) Fokker D.VII (DES) SW of Ghistelles
11 03 Sep 1918 1830 210 Sopwith Camel (B7280) Fokker D.VII (DESF) NE of Roulers

1 Shared with Lt Albert Jones (D3365)
2 Shared with Lt Hugh Maund (D3410) and Lt G B Wootten (B7227)
3 Shared with Lt W W Gyles (D9616)
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