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Name: Norman Roberts
Distingushed Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 48
Victories: 5
Born: 1896
Place of Birth: Broughton, Lancashire, England
Place of Death:  
For scoring five victories and successfully completing several ground attack missions, Norman Roberts was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. Norman Roberts.
   This officer has destroyed three enemy machines and driven down two others out of control. He has also distinguished himself in attacking troops at low altitudes, and has carried out valuable reconnaissance service. Detailed to make a reconnaissance of an important area, he realised, on crossing our lines, that the wind was almost at hurricane strength, and that in face of such a wind his return journey would only be accomplished with extreme difficulty. However, knowing the urgency of his mission, he completed his reconnaissance, penetrating 12 miles behind the enemy lines. On the return journey, owing to the strength of the gale, he was forced to descend to a very low altitude, and was subjected to heavy anti-aircraft and machine-gun fire, which badly damaged his machine."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Mar 1918 1200 48 Bristol F.2b (C4603) Fokker DR.I (DES) 1 NNE of St. Quentin
2 12 Mar 1918 1200 48 Bristol F.2b  (C4603) Fokker DR.I (OOC) 1 NNE of St. Quentin
3 10 May 1918 1545 48 Bristol F.2b  (C805) Fokker DR.I (OOC)  2 Suzanne
4 25 Jun 1918 1145 48 Bristol F.2b  (C983) Fokker D.VII (DES) 3 E of Faucaucourt
5 27 Jun 1918 1800 48 Bristol F.2b  (C943) Fokker D.VII (DES) 2 NE of Lamotte

Observer Cpl W Lawder
Observer 2Lt W F Hanna
Observer 2Lt C C Walmesley
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