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Name: David Arthur Stewart
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
David Arthur Stewart
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 18, 20
Victories: 16
Born: 08 March 1890
Place of Birth: Hull, Yorkshire, England
Died: 24 December 1924 KIFA
Place of Death: Purley, Surrey, England
 
 
The son of David and Annie Stewart, David Arthur Stewart was one of the highest scoring bomber pilots of the Great War, He scored his first two victories as an observer with 20 Squadron at the beginning of August 1916. Corporal Stewart received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3958 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Brooklands on 7 December 1916. As a pilot, he joined 18 Squadron in 1917 and scored fourteen victories flying the D.H.4 in 1918. Post-war, Stewart was killed when the D.H.34 he was flying to Paris crashed near Purley, Surrey.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Dundee Courier - Friday 26 December 1924
 
Military Cross (MC)
"T./2nd Lt. David Arthur Stewart, Gen. List, and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, when returning from bombing an enemy dump, he was intercepted by a formation of thirty hostile machines. He attacked the leader and shot his machine down out of control, whilst his observer shot down another enemy scout. He then fired a burst at another large scout, which dived down vertically out of control. On his observer being hit whilst engaged with another four machines, he spun down 4,000 feet and dived for our lines. Later, when on photographic duty, he was attacked by five enemy scouts, three of which were accounted for by his observer and himself. In the face of heavy odds, his courage, skill and fine tighting spirit have been most conspicuous."
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
"T./2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) David Arthur Stewart, M.C., Gen. List, and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the past month, when engaged with superior numbers of enemy aircraft, he has destroyed four hostile machines, all of which were seen to crash by other observers. He has in addition carried out nine successful reconnaissances, as a result of which he has returned with information of the greatest value. He has displayed the greatest courage and determination at all times on his many low flying and bombing attacks on hostile troops and transport.
   (M.C. gazetted 22nd April, 1918.)"
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. (T./Capt.) David Arthur Stewart, M.C.
   An able leader, conspicuous for initiative and dash. He has destroyed three enemy machines, and has, in addition, taken part in numerous bombing raids, reconnaissances and photographic flights. In the majority of these he has been leader, and frequently in order to obtain accurate information he has led his flight at very low altitudes."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Aug 1916 1600 20 F.E.2b (A13) 1 Fokker E.III (DES) Moorslede
2 03 Aug 1916 1010 20 F.E.2b (A23) 2 Scout (DES) Ypres
3 06 Jan 1918 1205 18 D.H.4 (A7653) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Valenciènnes
4 06 Mar 1918 1115 18 D.H.4 (A7797) 3 Pfalz D.III (DES) Pont-à-Vendin
5 06 Mar 1918 1115 18 D.H.4 (A7797) 3 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Pont-à-Vendin
6 06 Mar 1918 1115 18 D.H.4 (A7797) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Pont-à-Vendin
7 06 Mar 1918 1115 18 D.H.4 (A7797) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Pont-à-Vendin
8 10 Mar 1918 1245 18 D.H.4 (A7799) 4 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Carvin
9 15 Mar 1918 1255 18 D.H.4 (A8038) 5 Pfalz D.III (DES) Avelin
10 25 Mar 1918 1715 18 D.H.4 (A8038) 6 Two-seater (DES) Loupart Wood
11 27 Mar 1918 1130 18 D.H.4 (A7800) 6 Fokker DR.I (DES) SW of Albert
12 28 May 1918 1140 18 D.H.4 (A8038) 6 Albatros D.V (DES) W of Douai
13 30 May 1918 1300 18 D.H.4 (A8038) 7 Pfalz D.III (DES) Neuve Chapelle
14 30 May 1918 1305 18 D.H.4 (A8038) 7 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Richebourg
15 17 Jun 1918 0845 18 D.H.4 6 Pfalz D.III (DES) Hulloch
16 17 Jun 1918 0850 18 D.H.4 6 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Loos

1 Pilot Lt D H Dabbs
2 Pilot Capt Reginald Maxwell
3 Observer 2Lt Harry Mackay
4 Observer Sgt C Beardmore
5 Observer Sgt A Pollard
6 Observer Capt Lewis Collins
7 Observer Lt William Miller
 
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