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Name: Frederick Charles Wilton
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: England
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 98
Victories: 6
Born: 29 May 1892
Place of Birth: Bristol, Gloucestershire
Place of Death:  
The son of John and Sarah Wilton, Frederick Charles Wilton was living in Durban, Natal, South Africa before the war. He was reported missing in action on 12 June 1918 but returned safely flying D.H.9 (C1208). He was forced down by Jasta 43 whilst flying D.H.9 (D1724) on 11 July 1918, he was shot up by a Pfalz Scout whilst flying D.H.9 (C2221) on 18 July 1918 and his observer was wounded in action during a raid on the Hirson railway station whilst flying D.H.9 (D7346) on 23 October 1918. Scoring his last two victories on 30 October 1918, Wilton's D.H.9 (D692) was shot up as he attacked the Mons railway station.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
2nd Lieut. (T./Lieut.) Frederick Charles Wilton.
   A fine fighting airman, who has destroyed six enemy aeroplanes and driven down another out of control. He has taken part in a number of long-distance bombing raids, and is conspicuous for his determination to reach the objective as well as for his skill in successfully bombing the same.
  Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Jul 1918 1720 98 D.H.9 (C2221) 1 Fokker DR.I (DESF) Forêt de Ris
2 16 Jul 1918 1725 98 D.H.9 (C2221) 1 Fokker DR.I (DES) Forêt de Ris
3 18 Jul 1918 0800 98 D.H.9 (C2221) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Forêt de Fère
4 08 Aug 1918 1815 98 D.H.9 (C2221) 2 Fokker DR.I (DESF) Barleux
5 30 Oct 1918 1130 98 D.H.9 (D692) 2 Fokker D.VII (DESF) W of Mons
6 30 Oct 1918 1130 98 D.H.9 (D692) 2 Fokker D.VII (DESF) W of Mons

1 Observer Lt Charles Harrison
2 Observer Capt G H Gillis
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