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Name: Forster Herbert Martin Maynard
Air Force Cross (AFC) Forster Maynard
Country: New Zealand
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 1N (RNAS)
Victories: 6
Born: 01 May 1893
Place of Birth: Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand
Died: 26 January 1976
Place of Death:  
The son of a vicar, Forster Herbert Martin Maynard joined the Royal Navy in 1914 and transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Maynard received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1381 on a Short biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Eastchurch on 1 July 1915. He served as a flight instructor before being posted to Naval 1 at the beginning of 1917. After scoring six victories with the Sopwith Triplane, his days as a fighting pilot ended when he was injured in an air crash while in England. He remained in the Royal Air Force and was granted a permanent commission to Flight Lieutenant on 1 August 1919. Maynard served throughout World War II and retired as an Air Vice-Marshal.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Forster Herbert Martin Maynard, 1941
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Apr 1917 1900 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5427) Albatros D.III (OOC) Fresnoy
2 14 Jun 1917 2056 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5479) Albatros D.III (DESF) NE of Ypres
3 13 Jul 1917 1025 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5479) C (DES) 1 E of Warneton
4 17 Jul 1917 1805 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5479) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 E of Messines
5 09 Aug 1917 0740 1N Sopwith Triplane (N6301) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
6 10 Aug 1917 0740 1N Sopwith Triplane (N534) Albatros D.V (OOC) Comines

1 Shared with FSL Anthony Spence, FSL Herbert Rowley
2 Shared with FSL E Anthony (N6296), FSL Cyril Ridley, FSL Herbert Rowley, FSL Cecil Brock, FSL G B G Scott (N5455), FSL H L Everitt (N6306), FSL Anthony Spence
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