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Name: William Jameson Cairnes
Country: Ireland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 19, 74
Victories: 6
Born: 07 June 1896
Place of Birth: Drogheda, Louth, Ireland
Died: 01 June 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: NE of Estaires, France
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
The son of William P. Cairnes of Stameen, Drogheda, William Jameson Cairnes was educated at Rugby and Cambridge. An infantry officer with the Leinster Regiment, he joined the Royal Flying Corps in Egypt and became a Flying Officer on 6 November 1916. He was promoted to Captain on 20 December 1916. After scoring 4 victories with 19 Squadron, Cairnes was appointed Flight Commander on 1 February 1918. In the spring of 1918, he scored 2 more victories with 74 Squadron before he was killed in action, NE of Estaires. His S.E.5 was shot down by Paul Billik of Jasta 52. Ira Jones witnessed the event and reported Cairnes' plane went down after losing a wing.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 19 May 1917 0645 19 SPAD (B1565) Albatros C (DES) E of Croisilles
2 19 May 1917 0740 19 SPAD (B1565) Albatros D.III (DES) N of Vitry
3 07 Jun 1917 1320 19 SPAD Albatros D.V (OOC) Warneton
4 03 Jul 1917 0855-1040 19 SPAD (B1565) C (OOC) 1  
5 21 Apr 1918 2000 74 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (OOC) Armentières
6 30 May 1918 1515 74 S.E.5a (C6443) Albatros D.V (OOC) Steenwerck

1 Shared with Capt Wilfred Young, Lt C D Thompson and Lt A R Boree
 
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