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Name: Frederick James Powell
Military Cross (MC)
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 5, 40, 41
Victories: 6
Born: 13 August 1895
Place of Birth: Patricroft, Lancashire
Died: May 1992
Place of Death: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
 
 
Lieutenant Frederick James Powell, Manchester Regiment, received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1130 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Farnborough on 2 March 1915. Posted to 5 Squadron, he scored two victories flying the Vickers F.B.5 and four victories flying the F.E.8. After serving with 40 Squadron, Powell assumed command of 41 Squadron on 2 August 1917. Now flying the S.E.5a, he was shot down over Auberchicourt by Jasta 10 and captured.

1901 residence was Great Crosby, Lancashire.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviatorsí Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
u/c 19 Sep 1915 0600 5 F.B.5 (1651) LVG C (DO) Houthulst
1 19 Sep 1915 0610 5 F.B.5 (1651) 1 AGO G (DES) Houthulst
u/c 03 Oct 1915 1100 5 F.B.5 (1651) LVG C (DD)  
u/c 03 Oct 1915 5 F.B.5 (1651) Albatros C (DD)  
u/c 11 Oct 1915 5 F.B.5 (1651) C (DO)  
u/c 04 Nov 1915 5 F.B.5 2 C (DO)  
2 19 Dec 1915 1030 5 F.B.5 (5459) 2 Aviatik C (DD) Houthulst
u/c 02 Jan 1916 5 F.B.5 Aviatik C (DO) 4  
3 17 Jan 1916 1110 5 F.E.8 (7457) Aviatik C (OOC) Becelaere
u/c 05 Feb 1916 5 F.E.8 (7457) Aviatik C (DD)  
u/c 05 Feb 1916 5 F.E.8 (7457) Albatros C (DO)  
4 05 Feb 1916 1040 5 F.E.8 (7457) LVG C (DD) Roulers
u/c 07 Feb 1916 5 F.E.8 (7457) Aviatik C (DD)  
5 29 Feb 1916 1035 5 F.E.8 (7457) 3 Aviatik C (DESF) Passchendaele
6 12 Mar 1916 1220 5 F.E.8 (7457) Fokker E (DD) N of Moorslede

1 Observer AM1 Shaw
2 Observer Lt E F P Lubbock
3 Observer Lt Gilbert Murlis-Green
4 Shared with Capt R A Saunders & 2Lt Clive Brewster-Joske
 
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