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Name: Walter Alexander Tyrrell
Military Cross (MC) Walter Alexander Tyrrell
Country: Ireland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 32
Victories: 17
Born: 23 August 1898
Place of Birth: Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Died: 09 June 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: France
Cemetery: Beauvais Communal Cemetery, Beauvais, Oise, Picardie, France
 
 
Walter Alexander Tyrrell was one of three sons of Alderman John and Jennie (Todd) Tyrrell. Having served a 12 month enlistment with the Royal Naval Air Service, he was discharged on 24 November 1915. On 4 April 1917 at Farnborough, Tyrrell joined the Royal Flying Corps. Posted to 32 Squadron, he became an ace flying the D.H.5.  In 1918, he scored twelve more victories flying the S.E.5a. The highest scoring ace in his squadron, Tyrrell was killed in action by enemy machine gun fire from the trenches. He was 19 years old.
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 (Front)
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 (Back)
Andrews Collection, Canterbury, Kent, England
UK, Miscellaneous Foreign Death Returns
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Walter Alexander "Tyrrell, Gen. list, attd. R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one day this officer attacked two enemy triplanes, destroying one and driving down the other out of control. After this he was attacked by two other machines, one of which he forced to land, taking the occupants prisoners. On various other occasions he has destroyed or driven down out of control enemy machines.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Oct 1917 0845-0925 32 D.H.5 (B4916) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 Passchendaele
2 11 Nov 1917 1550 32 D.H.5 (B4916) Albatros D.V (OOC) Poelcapelle
3 13 Nov 1917 1530 32 D.H.5 (B4916) C (OOC) 2 SE of Houthoulst Forest
4 20 Nov 1917 0800 32 D.H.5 (B4916) Albatros C (DESF) 3 Passchendaele
5 05 Dec 1917 0855 32 D.H.5 (B4916) C (OOC) 4 Becelaere
6 07 Apr 1918 1115 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Fokker DR.I (DES) NE of Lamotte
7 07 Apr 1918 1120 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Lamotte
8 07 Apr 1918 1130 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Lamotte
9 11 Apr 1918 1930 32 S.E.5a (B8374) AGO C (DESF) NE of Bray
10 12 Apr 1918 1210 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Pfalz D.III (OOC) W of Steenwercke
11 03 May 1918 1220 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Frelinghem
12 03 May 1918 1230 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Frelinghem
13 03 May 1918 1235 32 S.E.5a (B8374) LVG C (CAP) 1 mi WSW of Poperinghe
14 08 May 1918 0940 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Pfalz D.III (DES) Sailly-en-Ostrevent
15 06 Jun 1918 0550 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Pfalz D.III (DESF) 5 Romagnies
16 06 Jun 1918 1845 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Montdidier
17 06 Jun 1918 1850 32 S.E.5a (B8374) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Montdidier

1 Shared with Capt William Raymond Fish (A9300)
2 Shared with 2Lt H C Leese (B4914), 2Lt A L Cuffe (B4924), Capt William Raymond Fish (A9300)
3 Shared with 2Lt A L Cuffe (B4924), Lt Arthur Claydon
4 Shared with Capt William Pearson
5 Shared with Lt J W Trusler (C9612)
 
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