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Name: Arthur Whitehair "Wiggy" Vigers
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Arthur Whitehair Vigers
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 15, 87
Victories: 14
Born: 20 January 1890
Place of Birth: Isleworth, Middlesex, England
Died: September 1968
Place of Death: Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia
 
 
The son of Thomas William and Margaret Mary (Whitehair) Vigers, Arthur Whitehair Vigers attended Mill Hill School in London before he enlisted in 1908. He served with the Royal Engineers, Territorial Force and was promoted to temporary Lieutenant on 9 December 1914. In 1915, he was mentioned in despatches and was awarded the Military Cross. He was seconded for duty with the Royal Flying Corps on 12 May 1917 and flew as an observer with 15 Squadron. Posted to 87 Squadron in 1918, he scored fourteen victories flying the Sopwith Dolphin. Post-war, he was a tobacco farmer in Rhodesia before emigrating to Australia where he was hired as a pilot by Qantas airlines in 1924 and later served with the Royal Australian Air Force.
 
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Arthur Whitehair Vigers, M.C. (R.E.).
   A gallant and skilful airman. During the recent operations whilst leading a formation of eight machines he saw a group of twelve Fokker biplanes; without hesitation he attacked them, and, in the engagement, crashed two and shot down another out of control. Since June last he has crashed three enemy aeroplanes and driven down three out of control.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 03 Jun 1918 1835 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker DR.I (DES) Bray
2 03 Jun 1918 1835 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Albatros D.V (OOC) Bray-Herbecourt
3 10 Aug 1918 0920 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (DES) Miséry
4 10 Aug 1918 0920 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (DES) Miséry
5 10 Aug 1918 0920 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Miséry
6 21 Aug 1918 1745 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (DES) Biefvillers
7 21 Aug 1918 1745 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Biefvillers
8 25 Aug 1918 1800 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Velu Wood
9 03 Sep 1918 1830 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (DES) Epinoy
10 03 Sep 1918 1830 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Epinoy
11 16 Sep 1918 1030 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Rumpler C (DES) N of Cambrai
12 22 Sep 1918 0910 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Rumpler C (OOC) 1 NE of Bapaume
13 23 Sep 1918 1745 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NE of Cambrai
14 23 Sep 1918 1816 87 Sopwith Dolphin (C4159) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Bourlon Wood

1 Shared with Lt Ross MacDonald
 
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