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Name: John Bowley Quested
Military Cross (MC)
Croix de Guerre [France]
John Quested
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 11, 40, 48
Victories: 8
Born: 14 December 1893
Place of Birth: Elham, Kent
Died: 11 March 1948
Place of Death: Folkestone, Kent
 
 
Commissioned in November 1914, John Bowley Quested began flying as an observer with 11 Squadron in April 1915. Following flight training in 1916, he became an F.E.2b pilot. On 27 December 1916, he and his observer engaged Jasta 1 near Chérisy. After shooting down Gustav Leffers, Quested was attacked and forced down behind British lines at Wancourt by Wilhelm Cymera. Although his observer was wounded, Quested was uninjured and both men returned to duty the following month. Shortly after joining 40 Squadron in July 1917, Quested was injured in a crash that effectively ended his flying career for the remainder of the war. In October 1917, he returned to France and was given command of 1 Aerial Gunnery Range before being wounded and sent back to England in February 1918. When he recovered, he assumed command of 2 Aeroplane Supply Depot for the duration of the war. In 1919, Quested assumed command of 79 Squadron, serving in Germany and India before leaving the Royal Air Force to become a farmer in East Anglia.
 
Military Cross (MC)
"Temp. Capt. John Bowley Quested, R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry in action. He manoeuvred his machine with great skill, and thereby enabled his observer to bring down a hostile machine. He has on many previous occasions displayed great courage and ability."
 
Opponents
#7 Gustav LeffersGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Aug 1916 0835 11 F.E.2b (6965) 1 Roland C (OOC) Fampoux
2 02 Sep 1916 1930 11 F.E.2b (6965) 1 Roland C (OOC) Bapaume
3 02 Sep 1916 1930 11 F.E.2b (6965) 1 Roland C (OOC) Bapaume
4 15 Sep 1916 0915 11 F.E.2b (6965) 2 D (DES) Bapaume
5 22 Sep 1916 11 F.E.2b 3 Aviatik C (DES) Longeast Wood
6 20 Dec 1916 1420 11 F.E.2b (7016) 4 Albatros D.I (OOC) Monchy le Preux
7 27 Dec 1916 1115 11 F.E.2b (7666) 5 Albatros D.I (DES) Wancourt
8 25 Jan 1917 1425 11 F.E.2b (A5442) 5 D (OOC) Beaurains

1 Observer 2Lt WJ Wyatt
2 Observer Cpl G Monk
3 Observer 2Lt GK Welsford
4 Observer Lt FD Lutyens
5 Observer 2Lt HJ Dicksee
 
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