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Name: John De Camborne Paynter
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Photo courtesy of Mike Westrop
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 6N, 9N, 10N, 13N (RNAS)
213 (RAF)
Victories: 10
Born: 17 May 1898
Place of Birth: Southsea, Hampshire
Died: 06 June 1918 Died From Wounds
Place of Death:  
Cemetery: Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Nord, France
 
 
The son of Alexandra Laura Paynter (born at Portsmouth), John De Camborne Paynter was injured in a crash on 9 April 1917. He was wounded in action twice during 1918 and died from wounds received when the Germans bombed his aerodrome.

Birth registered in 2nd quarter of 1898 at Portsea Island, Hampshire; 1901 residence was Bognor, Sussex; older brother of Richard H. De Camborne Paynter.

Listed as John de Campbourne Paynter in the London Gazette.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Lieut. John de Campbourne Paynter, R.N.A.S.
   For the good work performed by him during a bombing attack on Ostende Seaplane Base on the 3rd March, 1918, carried out in spite of very adverse weather conditions. He has shown great zeal and courage as a fighting pilot, having destroyed several enemy, machines, and been twice wounded in aerial combats.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 27 Oct 1917 1040 9N Sopwith Camel (B3830) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 Slype
2 05 Dec 1917 1505 13N Sopwith Camel (B6391) Albatros C (DES) 2 4 mi NW of Wenduyne
3 29 Jan 1918 1400 13N Sopwith Camel (B3782) Seaplane (DES) 3 100 yds off Blankenberghe Pier
4 30 Jan 1918 1420 13N Sopwith Camel (B3782) Albatros C (DES) 4 2 mi N of Ostend
5 19 Feb 1918 1355 13N Sopwith Camel (B3782) Seaplane (DESF) 5 E of Ostend
6 06 May 1918 1950 213 Sopwith Camel (B7254) Albatros D.V (DES) Wenduyne
7 08 May 1918 1950 213 Sopwith Camel (B7254) Albatros D.V (DES) Wenduyne
8 08 May 1918 1950 213 Sopwith Camel (B7254) Albatros D.V (OOC) Wenduyne
9 01 Jun 1918 1420 213 Sopwith Camel (B7254) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 6 Bruge
10 01 Jun 1918 1420 213 Sopwith Camel (B7254) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 7 Bruge

1 Shared with Capt Stearne Edwards, FSL Francis Mellersh, FSL John Hales, FLt Fred Banbury, FSL C A Narbeth (B3883), FSL Arthur Wood, FSL Merrill Taylor, FCdr Harold Stackard
2 Shared with FSL John Pinder, FSL George MacKay, FSL Maurice Cooper
3 Shared with FCdr Leonard Slatter, FSL John Greene, FSL George MacKay, FSL Maurice Cooper
4 Shared with FCdr Miles Day
5 Shared with FCdr Miles Day, FSL J C Stovin (N6349), FSL E V Bell (B3773), FSL G D Smith (N6345)
6 Shared with Lt G D Smith (C66), Lt C H Denny (D3333), Lt F L Cuttle (C73), Lt P L Jenner (D8164)
7 Shared with Lt G D Smith (C66)
 
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