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Name: Tom Falcon Hazell Balloon-Buster
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and bar
Tom Hazell
Country: Ireland
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 1, 24, 123
Victories: 43
Born: 07 August 1892
Place of Birth: Roundstone, Clifden, County Galway
Died: 1946
Place of Death: Ireland
 
 
Tom Falcon Hazell was the highest scoring ace to serve with 24 Squadron.

Sometimes listed as Thomas Falcon Hazell.
"Capt T. Hazell (MC) who has many a time led my scout escort over the German lines! One of the best."
Photo taken by Capt. Harold Leslie Satchell while at Hillington Hall, Norfolk in the early winter of 1917
Courtesy of Dominic Gribbin
"Capt T. Hazell (MC) who has many a time led my scout escort over the German lines! One of the best."
Photo taken by Capt. Harold Leslie Satchell while at Hillington Hall, Norfolk in the early winter of 1917
Courtesy of Dominic Gribbin
"Captain Thomas Falcon Hazell (MC DFM DSO) on horseback (to right) with Lt Standwick (left), Hillington Hall, Norfolk England"
Photo taken by Capt. Harold Leslie Satchell while at Hillington Hall, Norfolk in the early winter of 1917
Courtesy of Dominic Gribbin
 
Military Cross (MC)
Temp. Lt. Thomas Falcon Hazell, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On several occasions he displayed marked courage and determination in attacking and destroying hostile aircraft.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Tom Falcon Hazell, M.C.
   This officer is conspicuous for his bravery and skill, having destroyed twenty enemy machines and four kite balloons. On one occasion, while attacking troops on the ground, he observed seven enemy scouts above him; he at once engaged them, shooting down one out of control. Some days later he, with another pilot, attacked a kite balloon, driving it down in flames; they then attacked a second balloon, driving it down in a deflated condition.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Thomas Falcon Hazell, M.C., D.F.C.
   This officer has accounted for twenty seven enemy machines and four kite balloons. On the 8th August he shot down two machines out of control, and destroyed a third in the air. In these combats he was so heavily engaged that all his instruments were wrecked, and only one strand of his elevator control cable was intact. Relentless in attack, Capt. Hazell displays disregard of personal danger in a marked degree.
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Capt. (A./Maj.) Tom Falcon Hazell, M.C., D.F.C. (FRANCE)
   A brilliant fighter, distinguished for his bold determination and rare courage, he has accounted for twenty-nine enemy machines, twenty being destroyed and nine driven down out of control; he has also destroyed ten balloons. On 4th September he rendered exceptionally valuable service in leading his flight to attack hostile balloons that were making a certain road impassable. Within an hour three of these balloons were destroyed, Major Hazell accounting for two.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 04 Mar 1917 1610 1 Nieuport 17 (A6604) HA (OOC) Westhoek
2 24 Apr 1917 1200 1 Nieuport 17 (A6738) Albatros C (DESF) Bois Grenier
3 09 May 1917 0740 1 Nieuport 17 (B1632) Albatros C (OOC) Houthem
4 04 Jun 1917 0700 1 Nieuport 17 (B1649) Albatros D.III (DES) E of Hollebeke
5 04 Jun 1917 0702 1 Nieuport 17 (B1649) Albatros D.III (DES) E of Hollebeke
6 05 Jun 1917 0630 1 Nieuport 17 (B1649) Albatros D.III (DES) E of Ypres
7 05 Jun 1917 0900 1 Nieuport 17 (B1649) C (DES) Houthem
8 08 Jun 1917 0640 1 Nieuport 17 (B1649) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 mi E of Becelaere
9 09 Jun 1917 2000 1 Nieuport 17 (B1649) Albatros D.III (OOC) Zandvoorde
10 12 Jul 1917 2020 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Albatros D.III (OOC) Menin
11 12 Jul 1917 2030 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 Dadizeele
12 22 Jul 1917 0820 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) DFW C (DES) Houthem-Amerika Farm
13 22 Jul 1917 1900 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Albatros D.V (DES) Wervicq
14 22 Jul 1917 1920 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Albatros D.V (DES) Houthem
15 10 Aug 1917 1420 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Albatros D.V (OOC) Bousbecque
16 13 Aug 1917 0710 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Rumpler C (DES) Becelaere
17 13 Aug 1917 0920 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Albatros C (OOC) 2 Houthem
18 14 Aug 1917 1910 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Albatros D.V (DESF) S of Moorslede
19 14 Aug 1917 1915 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Moorslede
20 16 Aug 1917 1945 1 Nieuport 17 (B3455) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst
21 04 Jul 1918 0850 24 S.E.5a (D3444) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Cerisy
22 17 Jul 1918 1005 24 S.E.5a (E1388) Balloon (DES) Ovillers
23 22 Jul 1918 0650 24 S.E.5a (E1388) Balloon (DES) S of Harbonnières
24 22 Jul 1918 0730 24 S.E.5a (E1388) Balloon (DES) 3 Proyart
25 26 Jul 1918 0715 24 S.E.5a (E1388) Balloon (DES) Harbonnières
26 31 Jul 1918 1100 24 S.E.5a (E1388) Hannover C (DES) 4 Caix
27 01 Aug 1918 1040 24 S.E.5a (E1388) Albatros C (DESF) Méaulte
28 08 Aug 1918 1850 24 S.E.5a (E1388) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lihon
29 08 Aug 1918 1900 24 S.E.5a (E1388) Fokker D.VII (DES) Lihon
30 08 Aug 1918 1910 24 S.E.5a (E1388) DFW C (CAP) Rosières
31 10 Aug 1918 1350 24 S.E.5a (B8423) Hannover C (OOC) 5 Meharicourt
32 10 Aug 1918 1400 24 S.E.5a (B8423) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Foucaucourt
33 14 Aug 1918 0800 24 S.E.5a (B8422) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Nesle
34 18 Aug 1918 1940 24 S.E.5a (B8422) Rumpler C (DESF) Cappy
35 21 Aug 1918 1210 24 S.E.5a (B8422) Balloon (DES) 5 Meharicourt
36 21 Aug 1918 1220 24 S.E.5a (B8422) Balloon (DES) Meharicourt
37 22 Aug 1918 1220 24 S.E.5a (B8422) Balloon (DES) Meharicourt
38 04 Sep 1918 1040 24 S.E.5a (E1269) Balloon (DES) Bernes
39 04 Sep 1918 1045 24 S.E.5a (E1269) Balloon (DES) Gouzeaucourt
40 08 Sep 1918 0815 24 S.E.5a (E1269) Fokker D.VII (DES) Le Catelet
41 02 Oct 1918 1045 24 S.E.5a (F5450) Balloon (DES) La Fère
42 04 Oct 1918 1140 24 S.E.5a (F5450) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Beaurevoir
43 04 Oct 1918 1150 24 S.E.5a (F5450) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Beaurevoir

1 Shared with Lt R E Money-Kyle (B3484)
2 Shared with 2Lt Harry Reeves
3 Shared with 2Lt George Foster
4 Shared with 2Lt George Foster, 2Lt E P Crossen (E1392)
5 Shared with 2Lt J A Southey (C1813)
 
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