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Name: Edward Dawson "Spider" Atkinson
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Air Force Cross (AFC)
Edward Dawson Atkinson
Country: Ireland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 1, 56, 64
Victories: 10
Born: 10 November 1891
Place of Birth: Calcutta, India
Place of Death:  
After serving with the 40th Panthans of the Indian Army Reserve, 2nd Lieutenant Edward Dawson Atkinson transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2145 on a L. & P. biplane at the London and Provincial School, Hendon on 12 December 1915. On 1 May 1917, he encountered Jasta 28 and was attacked by "an exceptionally good pilot" flying a red Albatros scout. The German pilot was Karl Schäfer and Atkinson was forced down behind the safety of his own lines in a Nieuport scout that was damaged beyond repair.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Edward Dawson Atkinson's Medals
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (temp. Capt.) Edward Dawson Atkinson.
   A brilliant fighting pilot whose flight has proved very successful under his leadership, often in combats where the enemy formation was numerically superior. Capt. Atkinson destroyed single-handed five enemy machines during May, and previously, whilst serving with another squadron, he brought down two enemy aeroplanes and one balloon.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Mar 1917 abt 1700 1 Nieuport Balloon (DES) Warneton-Wervicq
2 22 Apr 1917 0705 1 Nieuport (A6624) Albatros D.II (OOC) Lille
3 29 Apr 1917 1740 1 Nieuport (A6678) Albatros C (OOC) Armentières
4 03 May 1918 0955 56 S.E.5a (B8494) Rumpler C (DES) 1 Montauban
5 03 May 1918 1015 56 S.E.5a (B8494) Rumpler C (OOC) 1 SE of Bapaume
6 26 May 1918 1930 64 S.E.5a (D6861) Albatros D.V (OOC) Erquinghem-Lys
7 28 May 1918 0750 64 S.E.5a (D6861) Albatros D.V (DES) Bapaume-Bancourt
8 28 May 1918 0855 64 S.E.5a (D6861) Halberstadt C (DES) Bapaume-Bancourt
9 31 May 1918 0620 64 S.E.5a (D6861) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Merris
10 31 May 1918 1940 64 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (DES) La Bassée

1 Shared with Lt Trevor Durrant and Lt William Irwin
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