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Name: John William Pinder
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 9N, 13N (RNAS)
45, 213 (RAF)
Victories: 17
Born: 14 February 1898
Place of Birth: Deal, Kent
Died: 16 August 1920
Place of Death: Icara, Brazil
 
 
Posted to 9 Naval Squadron, John William Pinder scored his first 3 victories flying the Sopwith Triplane in the summer of 1917. He later served with 13 Naval Squadron and 45 Squadron as a Sopwith Camel pilot, scoring 14 more victories by the end of the war. In 1920 Pinder, together with Brazilian pilot Aliatar Martins, attempted to make the first flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Buenos Aires, Argentina in a Macchi 9 flying boat. A damaged propeller forced them down at Lagoa dos Esteves and after repairing it, they were attempting to restart the engine when Martins was hit by the prop and fell into the water. Pinder attempted to save his friend but both men drowned.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 05 Jun 1917 1930 9N Sopwith Triplane (N5462) Albatros D.III (OOC) Ostend
2 07 Jul 1917 1730 9N Sopwith Triplane (N6475) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 SW of Haynecourt
3 25 Jul 1917 1730 9N Sopwith Camel (B3870) C (OOC) 2 Off Westende
4 17 Oct 1917 0730 13N Sopwith Camel (N6439) Seaplane (DES) 3 mi N of Zeebrugge
5 04 Dec 1917 1535 13N Sopwith Camel (N6335) Aviatik C (OOC) 3 Houthoulst-Zarren
6 05 Dec 1917 1505 13N Sopwith Camel (N6357) Albatros C (DES) 4 4 mi NW of Wenduyne
7 19 May 1918 1735 213 Sopwith Camel (C65) Albatros D.V (DESF) 5 1 mi S of Woumen
8 02 Jun 1918 1935 213 Sopwith Camel (C65) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 5 Moorslede
9 07 Jun 1918 1805 213 Sopwith Camel (C65) Albatros D.V (OOC) 4 mi S of Dixmude
10 15 Jun 1918 1745 213 Sopwith Camel (C65) Hannover C (OOC) 6 Poperinghe
11 27 Jun 1918 1020 213 Sopwith Camel (C65) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Off Blankenberghe
12 30 Jul 1918 1205 213 Sopwith Camel (D8216) Albatros D.V (OOC) 3 mi SW of Ostend
13 09 Oct 1918 1500 45 Sopwith Camel (D8240) Rumpler C (OOC) Xaffevillers
14 23 Oct 1918 1220 45 Sopwith Camel (E7244) Rumpler C (OOC) S of St. Die
15 23 Oct 1918 1240 45 Sopwith Camel (E7244) Rumpler C (CAP) Fruize
16 28 Oct 1918 1050 45 Sopwith Camel (E7244) Rumpler C (CAP) Corcieux
17 05 Nov 1918 1550 45 Sopwith Camel (E7244) Rumpler C (DES) N of Parroy

1 Shared with FCdr G E Hervey (N6174), FSL Arthur Whealy, FSL Harold Mott, FSL J C Tanner (N6166)
2 Shared with FLt Fred Banbury, FSL Snell (B3813), FSL Oliver Redgate, FSL Harold Mott
3 Shared with FSL George MacKay
4 Shared with FSL George MacKay, FSL Maurice Cooper, FSL John Paynter
5 Shared with Lt William Gray
6 Shared with Lt A R Talbot (B7154), Lt C P Sparkes (B7229)
 
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