2nd Lieutenant Clement Wattson Payton received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 5703 on 4 February 1918.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Clement Wattson Payton. (Sea Patrol, FLANDERS)
A gallant and skilful pilot who has himself destroyed two enemy machines and driven down two out of control. Assisted by other pilots, he has also accounted for four others. On 23rd August, in a bombing raid, one of our machines, compelled to descend owing to engine trouble, was heavily engaged by anti-aircraft fire. Observing this, Lt. Payton, with great courage, attacked the hostile batteries at a very low altitude, silencing several of them.