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Name: Oliver William Redgate
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Oliver William Redgate
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 9N (RNAS)
209 (RAF)
Victories: 16
Born: 23 November 1899
Place of Birth: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: 1929
Place of Death: Nottinghamshire, England
 
 
Oliver William Redgate, the son of Oliver and Annie Redgate, joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 3 February 1917. Flight Officer Redgate received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 4579 on a Caudron biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Redcar on 30 March 1917. Posted to 9 Naval Squadron, he scored 16 victories flying the Sopwith Camel before he was wounded in the leg during a fight with Fokker DR.Is on 15 May 1918.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lt. (Hon. Gapt.) William Oliver Redgate.
   On an occasion during the past two months when leading an offensive patrol of five machines, he observed an enemy formation of twelve aeroplanes attacking another formation of our scouts. He at once led his patrol to the aid of our second patrol, and as he approached it two enemy scouts dived at him. By skilful piloting he placed himself behind one of these machines and, diving on it, drove it to destruction. Capt. Redgate has accounted for seven enemy machines in all, and displays enterprise and courage on all occasions."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Jul 1917 1730 9N Sopwith Camel (B3813) C (OOC) 1 Off Westende
2 05 Sep 1917 0800 9N Sopwith Camel Albatros C (OOC) 2 Middelkerke-Nieuport
3 21 Sep 1917 1700 9N Sopwith Camel (B3818) DFW C (OOC) 3 Zarren
4 28 Sep 1917 1610 9N Sopwith Camel (B3818) Albatros D.III (DES) 4 Dixmude
5 02 Oct 1917 1450 9N Sopwith Camel (B3818) C (DES) 5 Ostend-Slype
6 15 Oct 1917 1230 9N Sopwith Camel (B3818) Albatros D.III (DES) 6 Ostend
7 17 Oct 1917 1100 9N Sopwith Camel (B3818) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Middelkerke
8 20 Nov 1917 1500 9N Sopwith Camel (B3818) Albatros D.V (DES) S of Pervyse
9 10 Dec 1917 1515 9N Sopwith Camel (B3818) DFW C (DESF) 7 4 mi E of Pervyse
10 03 Feb 1918 0845 9N Sopwith Camel (D3566) Albatros C (DES) 8 Staden
11 02 Apr 1918 1115 209 Sopwith Camel (B7250) Albatros D.III (OOC) S of Halluin
12 11 Apr 1918 1700 209 Sopwith Camel (B7250) Albatros D.III (OOC) Albert
13 23 Apr 1918 1920 209 Sopwith Camel (B7250) Pfalz D.III (DES) SE of Hangard
14 27 Apr 1918 1445 209 Sopwith Camel (B7270) Albatros D.V (DES) 9 E of Villers Brettoneaux
15 02 May 1918 1215 209 Sopwith Camel (B7270) Fokker DR.I (OOC) 1 mi S of Cerisy
16 15 May 1918 1015 209 Sopwith Camel (D3370) Albatros D.V (DES) Belloy-Pozieres

1 Shared with FLt Fred Banbury, FSL John Pinder, FSL Snell, FSL Harold Mott
2 Shared with FCdr Stearne Edwards, FSL Roy Brown, FLt Fred Banbury, FSL Arhur Wood
3 Shared with FCdr Stearne Edwards
4 Shared with FLt Fred Banbury, FSL Merrill Taylor, FSL John Hales, FCdr Stearne Edwards
5 Shared with FLt Fred Banbury
6 Shared with FSL Francis Mellersh
7 Shared with FSL EM Knott (B6288), FSL Arthur Wood
8 Shared with FCdr Stearne Edwards
9 Shared with Lt Robert Foster
 
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