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Name: Arthur Norbury Solly
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 20, 23
Victories: 9
Born: 16 February 1894
Place of Birth: Cheshire
Died: 11 August 1917 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Near St. Omer, France
Cemetery: Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France Image
 
 
The son of Ernest and Mary Alice Solly, Arthur Norbury Solly attended Rugby School from 1878 and 1881. He joined the University and Public Schools Brigade and served with the Manchester Regiment before his transfer to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He scored his first two victories as an observer with 23 Squadron. After completing pilot training he was made a Flying Officer on 27 November 1916 and joined 20 Squadron where was appointed Flight Commander on 12 July 1917 and downed seven more enemy aircraft. He scored all of his victories flying the F.E.2. He and his observer were killed in a crash flying a B.F.2b (A7108).
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 31 May 1916 0920 23 F.E.2b (5215) 1 EA (OOC) 8 Marquion
2 02 Aug 1916 2000 23 F.E.2b (5213) 2 D (OOC) Douai
3 13 May 1917 1100 20 F.E.2d (A6354) 3 C (DES) Menin
4 15 May 1917 0700 20 F.E.2d (A6354) 3 Albatros D.III (OOC) Quesnoy
5 12 Jun 1917 1215 20 F.E.2d (A6354) 4 Albatros D.III (OOC) Zandvoorde
6 18 Jun 1917 1315 20 F.E.2d (A6516) 5 Albatros D.III (OOC) E of Quesnoy
7 09 Aug 1917 1815 20 F.E.2d (A5147) 6 Albatros D.III (OOC) Polygon Wood
8 10 Aug 1917 0845 20 F.E.2d (A5147) 7 C (OOC) Becelaere
9 10 Aug 1917 0900 20 F.E.2d (A5147) 7 Albatros D.V (OOC) 8 Wervicq

1 Pilot Capt H Wyllie
2 Pilot Lt J C Griffiths
3 Observer AM2 C Beminster
4 Observer 2Lt Frederick Kydd
5 Observer Lt William Cambray
6 Observer Lt Campbell Hoy
7 Observer 2Lt J Cawley
8 Shared with 2Lt Dirk Cloete & 2Lt C E Pither (6354), 2Lt A T Watson & 2Lt C L Blake (5249), 2Lt E F Allen & Lt L C Powell (5235), AM1 D R Chapman (7280)
9 Shared with Lt Cecil Richards & Lt Albert Wear (B1890), Lt D Y Hay & 2Lt M Tod
 
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