Air mechanic William Victor Strugnell received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 253 on a Bristol biplane at army school, Salisbury Plain on 24 July 1912. With 1 Squadron in 1916, he scored his first victory flying a Morane monoplane. Later posted to 54 Squadron, he scored five more victories flying the Sopwith Pup.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC) Bar
"Lt. (temp. Capt.) William Victor Strugnell, M.C., Hamps. E. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While leading an offensive patrol he attacked and brought down a hostile machine. Later, in the same patrol, he brought down a second machine. In all he has accounted for five machines and a kite balloon.
(M.C. gazetted June 3rd, 1916.)"
Supplement to the London Gazette, 26 July 1917 (30204/7621)