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Name: Richard Michael Trevethan
Military Cross (MC) Richard Michael Trevethan
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 20
Victories: 12
Born: 23 January 1895
Place of Birth: Park City, Utah, USA
Died: 30 Dec 1971
Place of Death: Cornwall, England
 
 
From St. Kew in Cornwall, Richard Michael Trevethan, the son of Michael and Clara (Pearce) Trevethan, was born in Utah in the United States but gave his nationality as English. He attended Falmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth Grammar School, and the Imperial College of Science, London. He enlisted in 1914 and was commissioned a temporary second lieutenant on 22 September. In 1917 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. As an F.E.2d pilot, he scored twelve victories before being wounded in action on 18 September 1917. He was granted a permanent commission in the rank of Flying Officer on 1 August 1919.

Listed in 1901 census as living in Kew, Cornwall.
Courtesy of Dominic Gribbin
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Richard Michael Trevethan, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when on offensive patrols. He has continuously displayed the greatest dash and determination in attacking enemy formations, regardless of their superiority in numbers, and has shot down at least four, driving others down out of control.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 02 Jun 1917 0945 20 F.E.2d (A6480) 1 Albatros D.III (DES) Gheluvelt
2 09 Jun 1917 0600 20 F.E.2d (A6341) 2 Albatros D.III (DESF) E of Ploegsteert
3 02 Jul 1917 1245 20 F.E.2d (A6523) 3 Albatros D.III (OOC) Comines-Houthem
4 07 Jul 1917 1900 20 F.E.2d (A6498) 3 Albatros D.III (DESF) Wervicq
5 12 Jul 1917 1725 20 F.E.2d (A6528) 4 Albatros D.V (DESF) E of Ploegsteert Wood
6 17 Jul 1917 1955 20 F.E.2d (A6512) 3 Albatros D.V (DES) Ploegsteert Wood
7 22 Jul 1917 1650 20 F.E.2d (A6528) 3 Albatros D.V (DESF) Menin-N of Wervicq
8 27 Jul 1917 1945-2045 20 F.E.2d (A6528) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Lille-Menin
9 28 Jul 1917 0915 20 F.E.2d (A6528) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Kezelbars
10 08 Aug 1917 1030 20 F.E.2d (A6527) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Messines
11 08 Aug 1917 1040 20 F.E.2d (A6527) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Messines
12 09 Aug 1917 0950 20 F.E.2d (A6527) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Becelaere-Roulers

1 Observer AM2 John Cowell
2 Observer 2Lt M Dudbridge
3 Observer Lt Campbell Hoy
4 Observer Pvt Arkley
 
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