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Name: Henry Winslow Woollett Balloon-Buster
Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and bar
Military Cross (MC)
Henry Woollett Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 43
Victories: 35
Born: 05 August 1895
Place of Birth: Southwold, Suffolk
Died: 31 October 1969
Place of Death:
 
 
On 12 April 1918, Henry Winslow Woollett downed six enemy aircraft in one day.

"Captain H. W. Woollett of No. 43 Squadron achieved the war's record by bringing down six enemy aircraft in one day, very largely owing to the excellent qualities of his machine. Thus at 10.30 a.m., whilst leading a patrol, he saw a German machine, out-manoeuvred it, fired about thirty rounds and saw it spin down and crash. During this fight he had been attacked by several other machines. Without delay he climbed rapidly above his attackers and dived on to a two-seater, firing as he went, causing this machine also to crash. Once again he out-climbed his opponents, looped away from two attacking Fokkers, made a vertical bank, and again dived on the tail of an Albatross. After he had fired about 40 rounds, this machine burst into flames and fell to pieces. He then went home. At 5 p.m. the same evening he attacked thirteen enemy aircraft, having absolute confidence in his own skill as a pilot and knowing that his machine could out-manoeuvre any of those he was attacking. He first fired 30 rounds into one of the enemy aeroplanes, which turned over on its back and fell to pieces. He then climbed again, manoeuvred rapidly among the remaining twelve machines, avoiding the fire of his opponents until he could fire a burst into an Albatross, which spun down and crashed. He then made for home. On crossing the lines he saw another enemy machine above him. Once more the climb of his 'bus enabled him to get over his enemy, and he crashed his sixth machine for the day. This day's work, the record for the war, illustrates the necessity for speed in the air—speed in climb and manceuvreability." 1

1 J. Arthur Thomson, The Outline of Science: A Plain Story Simply Told (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1922) 18.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Lt. (T./Capt.) Henry Winslow Woollett, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in engaging three enemy aircraft and following them down to a low altitude behind the enemy's lines, destroying one and driving down another out of control during the operations. He has done excellent work as a patrol leader, and has always displayed great gallantry in aerial combats, having brought down three other enemy machines in addition to those already mentioned.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
T./Capt. Henry Winslow Woollett, M.C., R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, when on offensive patrol, he dived on to an enemy plane, which was attempting to cross our lines, and fired 100 rounds into it at 100 yards range, causing it to burst into flames and crash to the ground. He then dived on to another hostile machine, which went down in a spin and finally crashed to earth. On a later occasion he attacked and brought down in flames two enemy observation balloons. The gallantry and skill exhibited by this officer have been most inspiring to his flight.
   (M.C. gazetted 26th September, 1917.)
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
T./Capt. Henry Winslow Woollett, M.C., Gen. List, attd. R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during recent operations. In two days during three patrols he destroyed eight enemy machines, making his total twenty-two. His leadership, dash and courage were of the highest order.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 05 Apr 1917 1100 24 D.H.2 (6008) Albatros D.III (DES) E of Honnecourt
2 23 Jul 1917 1845 24 D.H.5 (A9165) C (DES) NE of Havrincourt
3 23 Jul 1917 1850 24 D.H.5 (A9165) Albatros D.V (DES) Marcoing
4 28 Jul 1917 2025 24 D.H.5 (A9165) Rumpler C (DES) Scarpe Valley
5 17 Aug 1917 0810 24 D.H.5 (A9165) Albatros D.V (OOC) Ribécourt
6 08 Mar 1918 1215 43 Sopwith Camel (B7356) Albatros D.V (DESF) NE of La Bassée
7 11 Mar 1918 1425 43 Sopwith Camel (B7356) Albatros D.V (OOC) La Bassée
8 13 Mar 1918 1300 43 Sopwith Camel (B7356) Albatros D.V (DES) La Bassée
9 13 Mar 1918 1300 43 Sopwith Camel (B7356) Albatros D.V (DES) La Bassée
10 18 Mar 1918 1030 43 Sopwith Camel (C8247) C (DES) E of La Bassée
11 24 Mar 1918 1100 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) DFW C (DESF) SE of Arras
12 24 Mar 1918 1100 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) DFW C (DES) SE of Arras
13 25 Mar 1918 1250 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Albatros D.V (DES) S of Arras
14 27 Mar 1918 1625 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) S of Arras
15 27 Mar 1918 1625 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) S of Arras
16 02 Apr 1918 1240 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) Thiepval
17 02 Apr 1918 1255 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) N of Bray, SW of Somme River
18 02 Apr 1918 1355 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) Mericourt
19 12 Apr 1918 1030 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Albatros D.V (DESF) W of La Gorgue
20 12 Apr 1918 1030 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) C (DES) NE of La Gorgue
21 12 Apr 1918 1040 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Albatros D.V (DESF) NE of La Gorgue
22 12 Apr 1918 1700 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Albatros D.V (DES) N of La Gorgue
23 12 Apr 1918 1700 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of La Gorgue
24 12 Apr 1918 1700 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of La Gorgue
25 22 Apr 1918 1535 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) N of Scarpe River
26 22 Apr 1918 1540 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) N of Scarpe River
27 09 May 1918 1510 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Albatros D.V (DES) S of La Gorgue
28 09 May 1918 1520 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) NE of La Gorgue
29 16 May 1918 1745 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) LVG C (OOC) Croisilles
30 09 Jul 1918 1050 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Pfalz D.III (DES) NW of La Bassée
31 15 Jul 1918 1250 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) Dormans
32 19 Jul 1918 1025 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) E of Bezu
33 19 Jul 1918 1040 43 Sopwith Camel (D6402) Balloon (DES) SE of Bonnes
34 24 Jul 1918 1930 43 Sopwith Camel (E1467) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Fère en Tardenois
35 09 Aug 1918 0630 43 Sopwith Camel (E1467) Fokker D.VII (DES) Pertain
 
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