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Name: Thomas Sydney Sharpe
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Thomas Sharpe
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 73
Victories: 6
Born: 24 February 1887
Place of Birth: Gloucester
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
2nd Lieutenant Thomas Sydney Sharpe received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2471 on 19 February 1916. On 27 March 1918, he was wounded and captured when his Sopwith Camel was shot down by Manfred von Richthofen in a Fokker DR.I. While in captivity, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, becoming one of the first British pilots to receive this medal. He recovered from his wounds and was repatriated on 25 December 1918. Although he reported he had been shot down by ground fire, Sharpe was the Red Baron's 71st victim.

Birth registered in 1st quarter 1887, at Gloucester; 1901 England Census states "born about 1887, Gloucester, Gloucestershire."
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. (T./Capt.) Thomas Sydney Sharpe (Glouc. Regt.).
   A gallant officer who has always led his patrol with marked skill and judgment. On one occasion he chased down an Albatross scout and caused it to crash. He afterwards attacked five enemy machines, destroying two. On the following day, encountering four Albatross scouts, he engaged one, which crashed. Proceeding on his patrol, he met a formation of enemy scouts; he chased one and destroyed it."
 
Manfred von Richthofen's Combat Report
"With five machines of Jasta 11, I attacked at low height an English one-seater plane and brought him down from a very close range, with 150 bullets. The plane fell into the flooded part of the Ancre." Manfred von Richthofen
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 Mar 1918 1355 73 Sopwith Camel (B5627) Fokker DR.I (DES) 3 mi SW of Caudry
2 22 Mar 1918 1430 73 Sopwith Camel (C1619) Albatros D.V (DES) Douchy
3 22 Mar 1918 1510 73 Sopwith Camel (C1619) LVG C (DES) Roisel
4 22 Mar 1918 1510 73 Sopwith Camel (C1619) LVG C (DES) N of Roisel
5 24 Mar 1918 0945 73 Sopwith Camel (C1619) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 mi NW of St. Simon
6 24 Mar 1918 1030 73 Sopwith Camel (C1619) Albatros D.V (DES) Vermand
 
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