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Name: Charles Ronald Steele
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Charles Steele
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 15, 20, 48
Victories: 7
Born: 09 November 1897
Place of Birth: Netheredge, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Died: 14 February 1973
Place of Death: Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, England
 
 
The son of Charles and Violet C. Steele, Charles Ronald Steele attended Oundle School and RAMC Sandhurst. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant at Green Howards on 21 January 1916 and was quickly seconded to the Royal Flying Corps. He received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2662 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Farnborough on 31 March 1916. Posted to 15 Squadron in April 1916, he flew the B.E.2c until April 1917. At the beginning of 1918, he served briefly with 20 Squadron before he joined 48 Squadron in February to fly the Bristol Fighter. On 24 August 1918, he was wounded in an air raid on his aerodrome and was out of the action for the remainder of the war. He was granted a permanent commission in the Royal Air Force 1 August 1919. Steele remained in the Royal Air Force, receiving a knighthood and retiring as an Air Marshal.

Birth registered in 4th quarter of 1897 at Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire; 1901 residence was Nether Hoyland, Yorkshire.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Capt. Charles Ronald Steele (York. R.).
   A bold and skilful leader who inspires confidence in those who serve with him. On August 13th, while leading an offensive patrol of five machines, he observed six enemy scouts; attacking these he shot down one out of control, his observer driving, down a second. In this engagement he became separated from his patrol; seeing this, eight scouts dived to attack him; one of these his observer shot down out of control. Eventually he rejoined his patrol and led them back to the aerodrome. In all he has destroyed three enemy machines and driven down four others out of control."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 18 Mar 1918 48 Bristol Fighter Fokker DR.I (OOC)  
2 10 Jun 1918 1745 48 Bristol Fighter Albatros D.V (DESF) 4 Roye
3 07 Jul 1918 1130 48 Bristol Fighter (D7909) 1 Pfalz D.III (DESF) SW of Proyart
4 08 Aug 1918 0950 48 Bristol Fighter (F5811) 2 DFW C (OOC) Rosières-Chaulnes
5 13 Aug 1918 1700 48 Bristol Fighter (C940) 3 Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Roye
6 13 Aug 1918 1700 48 Bristol Fighter (C940) 3 Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Roye
7 13 Aug 1918 1700 48 Bristol Fighter (C940) 3 Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Roye

1 Observer Lt Arnold Ansell
2 Observer 2Lt E Vickers
3 Observer Lt J B Jameson
4 Shared with Capt Frank Ransley, Lt Harold Oaks, Lt John Drummond
 
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