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Name: St. Cyprian Churchill Tayler
Military Cross (MC)
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 32, 80
Victories: 9
Born: 26 February 1896
Place of Birth: Winchester, Hampshire, England
Died: 17 March 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: S of Cambrai, France
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
St. Cyprian Churchill Tayler, Royal Sussex Regiment, was the son of John Frederic Jenner and Minnie Ruth Tayler, The Haven, Boshoffs Road, Natal, South Africa.. A two-seater pilot with 32 Squadron, he scored six victories in 1917. With 80 Squadron in 1918, he scored three more victories flying the Sopwith Camel. Captain Tayler was killed in action when his S.E.5 was shot down by Heinrich Kroll of Jasta 24.
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. St. Cyprian Churchill Tayler, R. Suss. R. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading offensive patrols against enemy aircraft. On five occasions at least he and his patrol have attacked and brought down hostile machines. These successes were almost entirely due to his very skilful piloting.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 May 1917 1030 32 D.H.2 (A4800) Albatros D.III (DES) SE of Baralle
2 11 Jul 1917 0915 32 D.H.5 (A9385) Albatros D.III (OOC) Hooge
3 12 Jul 1917 0955 32 D.H.5 (A9185) Albatros D.III (OOC) Polygon Wood
4 27 Jul 1917 1445 32 D.H.5 (A9213) C (DES) 1 Gheluvelt
5 28 Jul 1917 0530 32 D.H.5 (A9213) Albatros C (DES) 2 Pilkem
6 29 Jul 1917 0800 32 D.H.5 (A9213) AGO C (CAP) 3 Langemarck
7 10 Mar 1918 80 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (DES) Bohain-Ribemont
8 10 Mar 1918 80 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (OOC) Bohain-Ribemont
9 13 Mar 1918 80 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (DES)  

1 Shared with Lt William Pearson, 2Lt E Pownall (A9396), 2Lt R G Ottey (B353)
2 Shared with Capt R M Williams (B353), Lt William Pearson, 2Lt T E Salt (A9421)
3 Shared with Capt R M Williams (A9398), Lt William Pearson, 2Lt C Turner (A9207)
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