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Name: Francis James Ralph
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 20
Victories: 13
Born: 09 December 1892
Place of Birth: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Died: 03 September 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France
 
 
The son of John Fisher and Charlotte Ralph.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"2nd Lt. Francis James Ralph.
   A brave and skilful observer who has taken part in many combats with enemy aircraft, invariably displaying cool courage and presence of mind. On a recent occasion our patrol of eleven machines, after bombing a railway junction, was attacked by fifteen enemy scouts. One of these, which was engaged by this officer's pilot, crumpled and fell. The formation was then attacked by seven Fokkers from above, one of which was shot down by 2nd Lt. Ralph."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 May 1918 1650 20 Bristol F.2b 1 Fokker DR.I (DESF) W of Lille
2 31 May 1918 0730 20 Bristol F.2b (C4604) 2 Albatros D.V (DES) N of Laventie
3 09 Jun 1918 0945 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 3 Pfalz D.III (DES) Comines-Houthem
4 17 Jun 1918 0745 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 3 Fokker D.VII (OOC) 6 Boesinghe
5 26 Jun 1918 1900 20 Bristol F.2b (D8090) 4 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Armentières
6 25 Jul 1918 0850 20 Bristol F.2b (C4718) 5 Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Comines
7 25 Jul 1918 0855 20 Bristol F.2b (C4718) 5 Fokker D.VII (DESF) 7 Comines
8 14 Aug 1918 1820 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 5 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Dadizeele
9 21 Aug 1918 1910 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 5 Pfalz D.III (DES) NE of Gheluwe
10 21 Aug 1918 1915 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 5 Albatros D.V (OOC) Gheluwe
11 21 Aug 1918 1915 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 5 Fokker D.VII (DESF) 8 Gheluwe
12 21 Aug 1918 1917 20 Bristol F.2b (E2467) 5 Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Menin
13 03 Sep 1918 1745 20 Bristol F.2b (E2181) 5 Fokker D.VII (OOC) S of Havrincourt Wood

1 Pilot Lt David Smith
2 Pilot Lt Leslie Capel
3 Pilot Lt William Thomson
4 Pilot Lt Paul Iaccaci
5 Pilot Capt Horace Lale
6 Shared with Capt Dennis Latimer & Lt Tom Noel
7 Shared with Lt William Thomson & Sgt D D C Summers and Lt David Smith & Pbr John Hills
8 Shared with Capt Dennis Latimer & Sgt Arthur Newland and Lt John Colbert & 2Lt Harold Edwards
 
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