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Name: Maurice Douglas Guest Scott
Military Cross (MC) Maurice Scott
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 18, 46, 54, 91
Victories: 12
Born: 13 September 1895
Place of Birth: Mussoorie, Bengal, India
Died: 17 March 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Shoreham, England
Cemetery: All Saints Church, Ockbrook, Derbyshire
Maurice Douglas Guest Scott was the son of Philip William Guest and Agnes Mary (Kirkham) Scott. Having served with the 3rd Loyal North Lancashires, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in February 1916. Posted to 18 Squadron, he scored his first victory as an observer aboard a Vickers F.B.5. After becoming a pilot, he was posted to 54 Squadron in 1917 and scored 4 victories flying the Sopwith Pup.  Later that year, he was reassigned to 46 Squadron and claimed 7 more victories as a Flight Commander before being sent to the Home Establishement on 8 October 1917. The following year, Scott was killed in a crash.
Birth and Baptism Record
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Maurice Douglas Guest Scott, N. Lan. R., Spec. Res., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial combats. On one occasion his patrol encountered seven enemy machines, two of which he drove down out of control. He has destroyed eleven enemy aeroplanes, and proved himself a very dashing patrol leader.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 03 Apr 1916 1015 18 Vickers F.B.5 (2882) C (CAP) Souchez
2 05 Apr 1917 54 Sopwith Pup Balloon (DES) 1 Gouy
3 09 May 1917 1530 54 Sopwith Pup (A7330) C (DES) Seranvillers
4 11 May 1917 1840 54 Sopwith Pup (A6165) C (DES) 2 Walincourt
5 01 Jun 1917 1135 54 Sopwith Pup (A7330) Albatros D.III (OOC) 3 Honnecourt
6 04 Sep 1917 0930 46 Sopwith Pup (B1843) Albatros C (OOC) 4 S of Scarpe
7 11 Sep 1917 1055 46 Sopwith Pup (B2191) C (OOC) S of Scarpe
8 21 Sep 1917 0820 46 Sopwith Pup (B2191) C (OOC) S of Scarpe
9 22 Sep 1917 1030 46 Sopwith Pup (B2191) Albatros D.V (OOC) Sailly en Ostrevent
10 24 Sep 1917 1030 46 Sopwith Pup (B2191) DFW C (DES) SE of Honnecourt
11 30 Sep 1917 1630 46 Sopwith Pup (B2191) Albatros D.V (OOC) Vitry
12 30 Sep 1917 1636 46 Sopwith Pup (B2191) Albatros D.V (OOC) Vitry

1 Shared with Frank Hudson, Capt R G H Pixley, 2Lt Reginald Charley
2 Shared with Capt William Strugnell, Lt Oliver Sutton, Maj C E Sutcliffe, Lt E J Y Grevelink, Lt M B Cole
3 Shared with Lt Oliver Sutton
4 Shared with Lt Charles Odell, Lt E Armitage (B1837), Lt C Courtneidge (B1802), Lt Eric Hughes
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