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Name: Hervey Rhodes
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 12
Victories: 11
Born: 12 August 1895
Place of Birth: Saddleworth, Yorkshire
Died: 11 September 1987
Place of Death: Oldham, Lancashire
Promoted to Lieutenant on 30 November 1918. Due to ill health from wounds received in the war, Lord Rhodes relinquished his commission on 21 April 1920 and was permitted to retain his rank.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"2nd Lt. Hervey Rhodes.
   As an observer this officer has shown marked ability often under most difficult conditions. On one occasion when behind the enemy lines he saw a hostile balloon on the ground. He engaged and destroyed it from a height of 1,700 feet. On another occasion his machine was attacked by nine enemy scouts, which dived on the machine in pairs. He shot down three, one being seen to crash and two being brought down out of control. The remainder dispersed."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
"Lieut. Croye Rothes Pithey, D.F.C. (FRANCE)
2nd Lieut. (A./Lieut.) Hervey Rhodes, D.F.C. (York. R.). (FRANCE)
   Lieut. Pithey and his observer, Lieut. Rhodes, have crashed five enemy aeroplanes and driven down five out of control; in addition, they have shot down two balloons in flames, displaying conspicuous courage and skill on all occasions. On 1st September they attacked an enemy two-seater on contact patrol; this machine at first retired east but returned, accompanied by six scouts, to the attack; after a short engagement they were driven off, and Lieut. Pithey, although his machine was badly shot about, continued his patrol and brought back a most valuable and accurate report."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 May 1918 12 R.E.8 Balloon (DES) 1  
2 08 May 1918 12 R.E.8 EA (OOC) 2  
3 04 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Balloon (DES) 1 57C B8
4 07 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Pfalz D.III (DES) 1 57C B8
5 07 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 57C B8
6 07 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 57C B8
7 21 Aug 1918 1130 12 R.E.8 (E47) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 1 Behaignies
8 23 Aug 1918 1740 12 R.E.8 LVG C (DESF) 1 Boyelles
9 28 Aug 1918 0945 12 R.E.8 (F6097) DFW C (DES) 1 E of St. Leger
10 30 Aug 1918 0650 12 R.E.8 (F6097) Fokker D.VII (DESF) 1 Bullecourt
11 03 Sep 1918 1715 12 R.E.8 (F6097) LVG C (DES) 1 Lagnicourt

1 Pilot Lt Croye Pithey
2 Pilot 2Lt N Garland
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