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Name: Wilfred Selwyn
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 24
Victories: 7
Born: July 1890
Place of Birth: Toadsmoor, Bisley, Gloucestershire
Place of Death:  
The son of William and Martha Ann Selwyn, Wilfred Selwyn's father was a flock and shoddy textile manufacturer; 1901 residence Brimscombe, Gloucestershire.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Wilfred Selwyn.
   On the 8th August this officer engaged some 300 enemy troops; having inflicted heavy casualties by bombing he pressed home his attack with machine-gun fire until he himself was shot down. Two days later, leading a patrol of three, he observed an enemy two-seater escorted by eight scouts approaching an area where our troops were assembling for an attack; without hesitation he attacked the two-seater, and, despite the efforts of the scouts to protect it, shot it down. A courageous officer with cool judgment, he has destroyed three machines and driven down three others out of control.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
  04 Jul 1918   24 S.E.5a Albatros Scout  
6 10 Aug 1918 0750 24 S.E.5a (C8840) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 1 NE of Rosières
7 19 Aug 1918 1130 24 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (OOC) 2 Fresnoy

1 Shared with Lt Thomas Harries, Lt William Lambert, 2Lt Hilbert Bair
2 Shared with 2Lt Hilbert Bair
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