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Name: James Anderson "Jimmy" Slater
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
James Slater
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 1, 18, 64
Victories: 24
Born: 27 November 1896
Place of Birth: Worthing, Sussex
Died: 26 November 1925 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Upavon
Slater transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 and served in France with 18 Squadron as an observer. After pilot training, he was posted to 1 Squadron where he scored his first two victories flying the Nieuport scout. Later, he was posted to 64 Squadron and scored 22 more victories by the end of May 1918. He was posted to the Home Establishment in July 1918 and served as an instructor until the war ended. Slater remained in the Royal Air Force and was killed in a crash at Upavon in 1925.
Military Cross (MC)
"T./2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) James Anderson Slater, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When returning from a patrol he attacked enemy infantry, silenced a field gun and fired on transport. On another occasion he silenced a battery in very difficult weather conditions, fired on ammunition wagons and enemy infantry, and brought back his patrol safely. He also led a patrol of twelve machines in very bad weather to attack a wood held by the enemy. His patrol dropped over thirty bombs, fired 3,000 rounds and drove the enemy from the wood with heavy casualties. In the course of this flight six enemy scouts were engaged and driven off. Later, he led a similar patrol with great success. He showed splendid courage and determination."
Military Cross (MC) Bar
"T./Capt. James Anderson Slater, M.C., Gen. List, and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion during the recent, operations he attacked a large formation of hostile scouts, one of which he drove down in flames. Later, during the same flight, he took part in a general engagement, in which he drove down another enemy machine completely out of control. Two days later he attacked two enemy scouts, causing one of them to crash to earth. In eighteen days he has engaged in twenty-five combats at close quarters, shooting down eight hostile machines. His great gallantry and fine offensive spirit have inspired all ranks to a very high degree.
   (M.C. gazetted 4th February, 1918.)"
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lt. (T./Capt.) James Anderson Slater, M.C.
   This officer has led numerous offensive patrols with the utmost skill and determination, and it is entirely due to his fine leadership that many enemy aircraft have been destroyed with the minimum of casualties to his formation."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 15 Feb 1917 1230 1 Nieuport (A6613) Albatros D.II (OOC) Warneton
2 17 Mar 1917 1045 1 Nieuport (A6624) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 Courtrai-Menin
3 30 Nov 1917 1045 64 D.H.5 (A9458) DFW C (OOC) Bourlon Wood
4 08 Mar 1918 1040 64 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (OOC) Cambrai
5 11 Mar 1918 1130 64 S.E.5a (B147) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Cambrai
6 11 Mar 1918 1157 64 S.E.5a (B147) Albatros D.V (DESF) Douai
7 15 Mar 1918 1120 64 S.E.5a (B147) Albatros D.V (OOC) Masnieres
8 21 Mar 1918 1205 64 S.E.5a (B147) Albatros D.V (DES) Inchy en Artois
9 21 Mar 1918 1335 64 S.E.5a (B147) Fokker DR.I (OOC) 2 Bourlon Wood
10 21 Mar 1918 1335 64 S.E.5a (B147) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 Bourlon Wood
11 23 Mar 1918 1040 64 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (DES) Pronville
12 23 Mar 1918 1555 64 S.E.5a (B147) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Graincourt
13 30 Mar 1918 1150 64 S.E.5a (D289) C (DES) 3 Croiselles
14 01 Apr 1918 0715 64 S.E.5a (D289) Pfalz D.III (DESF) Maricourt
15 20 Apr 1918 0945 64 S.E.5a (D289) Albatros D.V (OOC) Neuf Berquin
16 20 Apr 1918 0945 64 S.E.5a (D289) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Neuf Berquin
17 16 May 1918 0940 64 S.E.5a (B7786) Albatros D.V (DESF) SW of Brebieres
18 19 May 1918 1955 64 S.E.5a (B7786) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Oppy
19 19 May 1918 2000 64 S.E.5a (B7786) Pfalz D.III (DES) Brebieres
20 26 May 1918 1930 64 S.E.5a (B7786) Albatros D.V (DESF) Erquinghem-Lys
21 27 May 1918 1055 64 S.E.5a (B7786) Albatros D.V (DES) Cagnicourt
22 29 May 1918 1940 64 S.E.5a (C1880) Pfalz D.III (DES) La Bassée-Boyelles
23 31 May 1918 1940 64 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (DES) La Bassée
24 31 May 1918 1942 64 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (OOC) La Bassée

1 Shared with 2Lt Cecil Clark
2 Shared with Lt V W Thompson (B124)
3 Shared with Lt Philip Burge
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