Charles Edward Murray Pickthorn first served with the Army Service Corps in 1915 before being seconded to the Royal Flying Corps. On 29 June 1916, as an observer with 8 Squadron, he landed his aircraft with a badly wounded pilot after being attacked by a Fokker. Following pilot training, Pickthorn was posted to 32 Squadron to fly D.H.2s. On 6 March 1917, he was wounded whilst scoring his third victory. On 21 March 1917, Pickthorn forced down an Albatros Scout behind British lines. The German plane, bearing scull and crossbones insignia, was piloted by the Crown Prince Frederich of Prussia. An aircraft dealer in 1928, he received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 8276.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
"2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) Charles Edward Murray Pickthorn, A.S.C., Spec. Res., and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attacking hostile aircraft, and in carrying out difficult reconnaissances. On one occasion, although wounded, he continued his combat and brought down a hostile machine. On two other occasions he brought down hostile machines in flames."