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Name: Awdry Morris "Bunny" Vaucour
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Silver Medal for Military Valor [Italy]
Awdry Morris Vaucour
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 10, 45, 70
Victories: 7
Born: 08 March 1890
Place of Birth: Topcliffe, Yorkshire, England
Died: 16 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Monastier di Treviso
Cemetery: Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy
Before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, Awdry Morris Vaucour served with the Royal Field Artillery. 2nd Lieutenant Vaucour received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2765 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Catterick Bridge on 10 April 1916. On 24 August 1916, he and his observer, Alan Bott, were shot up and forced to land by Leopold Reimann of Jasta 1. Vaucour was killed when he was accidentally shot down by an Italian Hanriot pilot of 78a Squadriglia. He was posthumously awarded the Italian Silver Medal for Military Valour.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
Temporary Second Lieutenant Awdry Morris Vaucour, Royal Field Artillery and Royal Flying Corps.
   For conspicuous gallantry and skill on 28th September, 1915, when, accompanied by Captain Rabagliati, they carried out a reconnaissance over Valenciennes and Douai. They had to fly in thick cloud for nearly the whole distance, and several times their aeroplane got into a "spin." The pilot, however, succeeded each time in righting his machine, and they reached their objective and carried out the reconnaissance at 2,800 feet under very heavy fire.
Military Cross (MC) Bar
2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) Awdry Morris Vaucour, M.C., R.F.A.
   For conspicuous gallantry in action. He attacked 10 hostile machines and completely scattered their formation. Previously, while returning with a perforated petrol tank, he shot down an enemy machine. Later, he shot down a hostile machine, being engaged with eight altogether. On another occasion he and his observer shot down two hostile machines.
   (The Military Cross was awarded in London Gazette dated 4th November, 1915.)
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 02 Sep 1916 1905 70 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A892) 1 Fokker E (DES) Bourlon Wood
2 02 Sep 1916 1925 70 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A892) 1 Fokker E (OOC) Ypres-Sailly
3 15 Sep 1916 1840 70 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A892) 1 Fokker E (DES) Hendicourt
4 27 Feb 1918 1250 45 Sopwith Camel (B6354) Albatros D.III (DES) Oderzo-Ponte di Piave
5 27 Feb 1918 1250 45 Sopwith Camel (B6354) Albatros D.III (OOC) Oderzo-Ponte di Piave
6 19 Jun 1918 1015 45 Sopwith Camel (D1975) C (DES) Postiama
7 25 Jun 1918 1135 45 Sopwith Camel (D1910) C (DES) 3 mi E of Treviso

1 Observer Lt Alan Bott
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