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Name: Edmund Roger Tempest
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Edmund Roger Tempest
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 6, 15, 29, 64
Victories: 17
Born: 30 October 1894
Place of Birth: Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Died: 17 December 1921 Killed in Flying Accident
Place of Death: Near Baghdad, Iraq
 
 
When the war broke out, Edmund Roger Tempest was farming with his brother in Saskatchewan, Canada. Together, they returned to England, joining the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. On 18 August 1915, 2nd Lieutenant Tempest received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1604 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Birmingham on 18 August 1915. Tempest's brother, Second Lieutenant Wulstan J. Tempest, was credited with downing Zeppelin L31 on 1 October 1916. Posted to 64 Squadron in July 1917, Edmund Tempest scored his first victory later that year flying a D.H.5. In 1918, flying the S.E.5a, he scored an additional 16 victories before returning to England at the end of August.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. Edmund Roger Tempest, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He attacked a formation of seven enemy machines, firing on one from a distance of a few feet and destroying it. On another occasion with his patrol he engaged thirteen enemy machines. Though both his guns were out of action, he continued fighting for fifteen minutes in order to enable the rest of his patrol to keep up the fight. Having driven off the enemy, he brought his patrol back safely. He showed splendid courage and initiative.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. Edmund Roger Tempest, M.C.
   Since March last this officer has destroyed nine enemy machines. A daring and most capable officer, who never hesitates to engage the enemy. By brilliant leadership he achieves success with the minimum of loss.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Nov 1917 1520 64 D.H.5 (A9507) Albatros D.V (OOC) NW of Bourlon Wood
2 08 Mar 1918 1230 64 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (DES) Graincourt
3 17 Mar 1918 1130 64 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (DES) Douai
4 17 Mar 1918 1135 64 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 Biache
5 18 Mar 1918 1235 64 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (OOC) Cambrai
6 22 Mar 1918 1745 64 S.E.5a (C5392) Pfalz D.III (DES) Pronville
7 02 Apr 1918 1835 64 S.E.5a (B74) Albatros D.V (DESF) Ervillers
8 23 Apr 1918 1835 64 S.E.5a (B74) Albatros D.V (DES) Boiry Notre Dame
9 03 May 1918 1645 64 S.E.5a (B74) Pfalz D.III (DES) Vitry en Artois
10 31 May 1918 0625 64 S.E.5a (C1860) Albatros D.V (DES) NW of Steenwerck
11 12 Jun 1918 1230 64 S.E.5a (B74) Albatros C (DESF) Festubert
12 20 Jul 1918 0925 64 S.E.5a Rumpler C (DES) 2 Drocourt
13 10 Aug 1918 0840 64 S.E.5a (B74) Fokker D.VII (DES) Roye
14 11 Aug 1918 0815 64 S.E.5a (B74) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 3 Roye
15 11 Aug 1918 1515 64 S.E.5a (B74) Fokker D.VII (DES) Roye
16 12 Aug 1918 0715 64 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (DES) Chaulnes
17 14 Aug 1918 0910 64 S.E.5a C (OOC) 4 N of Roye

1 Shared with Lt J F T Barrett, 2Lt C B Stringer, Lt Charles Bissonette, 2Lt K G P Hendrie
2 Shared with Capt Philip Burge, Lt W R Henderson
3 Shared with Lt Thomas Rose, Lt G L Wood (E1391), Capt T St P Bunbury (E5977), Capt A F Buck, Capt Charles Cudemore
4 Shared with Lt Thomas Rose, Lt G L Wood
 
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