Having served with the Royal Field Artillery at Gallipoli, 2nd Lieutenant Alfred William Saunders received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3283 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Military School, Catterick Bridge on 20 July 1916. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in September 1917. A month later, he was posted to 60 Squadron, eventually assuming command of A Flight and scoring 12 victories as an S.E.5a pilot. In 1930, Saunders died from injuries sustained in a flying accident.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Alfred William Saunders.
A gallant and determined officer whose fighting spirit and enthusiasm has been a splendid example to his squadron. On one occasion whilst leading his formation of six machines, he attacked six enemy aeroplanes. Diving from 11,000 to 3,000 feet, he singled out a group of three, and shot down one. He then engaged the other two, which in their endeavour to get away collided and crashed.