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Name: Thomas Grey Culling
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Photo courtesy of Mike Westrop
Country: New Zealand
Rank: Flight Sub-Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Units: 1N
Victories: 6
Born: 31 May 1896
Place of Birth: Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Died: 08 June 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Warneton, France
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
From Remuera, Thomas Grey Culling was the only son of Thomas S. and Fanny Culling. He was educated at King's College before traveling to England to enlist in the Royal Naval Air Service. He was promoted to temporary Flight Sub-Lieutenant (on probation) on 29 January 1916. He received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3258 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Chingford on 13 July 1916. With 1 Naval Squadron in the spring of 1917, after being promoted to temporary Flight Lieutenant on 1 April, Culling scored six victories flying the Sopwith Triplane in France.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Lieut. Edward J. Cooper, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Charles Reginald Morrish, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Henry George Boswell, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Lieut. Charles Langston Scott, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Lieut. Walter Travers Swire Williams, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Lieut. Thomas Grey Culling, R.N.A.S.
   In recognition of his services on the 23rd April, 1917, when with two other machines he engaged a formation of nine hostile scouts and two-seater machines. Two two-seater machines were shot down, one of them by Flt. Lieut. Culling unassisted.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Apr 1917 1150 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5444) C NE of St. Quentin
2 22 Apr 1917 1720 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5444) Albatros D.III Arleux
3 23 Apr 1917 0800 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5444) C W of Douai
4 05 May 1917 1900 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5444) Albatros D.III E of Lens
5 19 May 1917 1030 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5444) Albatros D.III Estrées
6 20 May 1917 0540 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5444) C Henin-Lietard
 
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