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Name: Arthur Rowe Spurling
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Arthur Rowe Spurling
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 49
Victories: 6
Born: 19 May 1896
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Bermuda
Died: 1982
Place of Death: Surrey
 
 
2nd Lieutenant Arthur Rowe Spurling received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 5148 at Edgware on 21 August 1917.
The World Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, Friday, 9 October 1931, page 5
The World Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, 5 December 1931, page 2
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. Arthur Rowe Spurling.
   On his return from a recent bombing raid, this officer was separated from his formation owing to clouds. After flying for some twenty minutes, and thinking that he was over our lines, he came down to find his position; seeing an aerodrome, he was preparing to land when, at 2,000 feet, a Fokker biplane attacked his machine; Lieut. Spurling then observed some thirty machines of the same type heavily camouflaged; with great gallantry he dived through the centre of the formation, shooting down one machine in flames; two others were seen to be in a spin, one of which crashed. Five of them then closed on his machine, but by skilful manoeuvring Lieut. Spurling enabled his observer to shoot down two of these in flames. The three remaining aircraft broke off the combat and disappeared in the mist. A fine performance, reflecting the greatest credit on this officer and his observer."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Jul 1918 1900 49 D.H.9 (D3056) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Mont Notre Dame
2 23 Aug 1918 1915 49 D.H.9 (D3056) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Lens
3 23 Aug 1918 1915 49 D.H.9 (D3056) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) Lens
4 23 Aug 1918 1915 49 D.H.9 (D3056) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lens
5 23 Aug 1918 1915 49 D.H.9 (D3056) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Lens
6 23 Aug 1918 1915 49 D.H.9 (D3056) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) Lens

1 Observer Sgt George W Bell
 
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