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Name: Russell Winnicott
Military Cross (MC) Russell Winnicott
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Unit: 41
Victories: 10
Born: 24 May 1898
Place of Birth: Plymouth, Devon, England
Died: 06 December 1917 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Cambrai, France
Cemetery: Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France Image
 
 
The son of Alderman Richard Weeks and Anne (Proud) Winnicott of Hyperion, Mannamead, Plymouth, Russell Winnicott attended Plymouth College and The Leys, Cambridge. He served with the 5th (Prince of Wales) Battalion (Territorial) of the Devonshire Regiment in 1915 and was appointed Temporary 2nd Lieutenant and seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on 10 November 1916. "Winnie" scored ten victories with 41 Squadron in 1917.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
 
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Russell Winnicott, Devon. R. & R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial combats. In a fight against the enemy scouts he drove down two out of control. On another occasion he destroyed an enemy scout, and on three previous occasions drove down enemy machines out of control. His dash and determination were of the highest order.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Sep 1917 1335 41 D.H.5 (A9218) Albatros C   (OOC) Masnieres-Lesdain
2 18 Sep 1917 1115 41 D.H.5  (A9218) Albatros D.V   (OOC) Cambrai
3 25 Sep 1917 1810 41 D.H.5  (A9218) Albatros D.V (DES) SW of Cambrai
4 28 Sep 1917 1810 41 D.H.5  (A9218) Albatros D.V  (OOC) Bugnicourt
5 30 Sep 1917 1600 41 D.H.5  (A9218) Albatros D.V  (OOC) Eterpigny
6 30 Sep 1917 1630 41 D.H.5  (A9218) Albatros D.V  (OOC) E of Marquion
7 18 Oct 1917 1530 41 D.H.5  (A9218) Albatros D.V  (OOC) Arleux
8 29 Nov 1917 1050 41 S.E.5a (B667) Albatros D.V   (OOC) 1 Douai
9 30 Nov 1917 1340 41 S.E.5a (B667) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Bourlon
10 30 Nov 1917 1400 41 S.E.5a (B667) (OOC) 2 Rumilly

1 Shared with Capt Loudoun MacLean, Lt D V D MacGregor and Lt E M Essell
2 Shared with Capt Meredith Thomas, Capt Loudoun MacLean and Lt Frank Taylor
 
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