The son of bookseller Alfred
Savage, Douglas Alfred Savage served in the trenches before transferring to
the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. After two months at Turnberry with 82
Squadron, he was posted to 62 Squadron as a Bristol
Fighter pilot in January 1918. Scoring his fourth and fifth
victories on 21 April 1918, he and observer Louis
Thompson were shot down by anti-aircraft fire near Armentières.
On 19 May 1918, Savage scored his sixth victory but his aircraft was
shot up and he was forced to land. His cousin, Major Jack C. Savage, pioneered
skywriting after World War I.
Military Cross (MC)
T./Lt. Douglas Alfred Savage, Gen. List and R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, especially on the following occasions. When on patrol attacked a formation of enemy aeroplanes, crashing one, while another fell to pieces in the air after a short combat. Attacked an Albatross, which he set on fire, and drove another down out of control. Attacked many ground targets from low altitudes.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 26 July 1918 (30813/8841)