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Name: William Alan Wright
Air Force Cross (AFC)
Order of the Crown [Belgium]
Croix de Guerre [Belgium]
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 45
Victories: 8
Born: 27 November 1895
Place of Birth: Frisby On The Wreake, Leicestershire
Died: 26 April 1990
Place of Death: Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
 
 
The son of Reverend Thomas and Annie Wright, William Alan Wright was educated at Oundle. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Leicestershire Regiment in January 1915. Wright transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in May 1916. Posted to 45 Squadron in Belgium by early October 1916, he was downed by Max von Müller on 30 April 1917 but survived and scored eight victories flying the Sopwith 1½ Strutter and Sopwith Camel in 1917.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 May 1917 1700 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8225) 1 Albatros D.III (DES) 2 NW of Seclin
2 24 May 1917 1945 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8269) 1 Albatros D.III (DESF) Zonnebeke
3 24 May 1917 1945 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8269) 1 Albatros D.III (DES) Zonnebeke
4 28 May 1917 1345 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8269) 1 Albatros D.III (DESF) Comines
5 05 Sep 1917 0800 45 Sopwith Camel DFW C (OOC) Comines
6 11 Sep 1917 1830 45 Sopwith Camel C (OOC) SE of Moorslede
7 20 Sep 1917 1145 45 Sopwith Camel (B3903) C (DES) Westroosebeke
8 01 Oct 1917 1600 45 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (CAP) 3 E of Polygon Wood

1 Observer Edward Caulfield Kelly
2 Shared with Geoffrey Cock & John Murison
3 Shared with Lt R Reeder & Cpl G Holmes of 53 Squadron (A3402)
 
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