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Name: Edgar Oxenham Amm
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Croix de Guerre [France]
Croix de Guerre [Belgium]
Edgar Amm
Country: South Africa
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Air Force
Unit: 29
Victories: 10
Born: 19 August 1898
Place of Birth: Johannesburg
Died: 25 March 1953
Place of Death: Johannesburg
 
 
Posted to 29 Squadron in July 1918, Amm scored ten victories flying the S.E.5a. On the morning of 9 November 1918, after destroying a Fokker D.VII near Laerne-Lemberge, Amm was shot down and captured by the Germans. He was released two days later when the Armistice was signed.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Edgar Oxenham Amm. (FRANCE)
   A gallant and dashing airman who has destroyed four enemy machines and a balloon. On 17th September, in company with six other machines, this officer took part in an engagement with seventeen hostile aircraft; eight of these were destroyed, Lieut. Amm accounting for one.
 
Obituary
   Members will regret to learn of the death of Major Edgar Amm, younger brother of 'P.D.,' known at school as 'Porkey.'
   Immediately on leaving school he joined the army and went to England early in 1918. He seconded to the R.A.F. and early in July, 1918, went to France and where he flew the S.E. V Scouting Machine. He was a fearless pilot and was officially recorded as having brought down 15 enemy machines over the Western Front. For his exploits he received the D.F.C. and Bar, and the Belgium Croix de Guerre. He was shot down on November 8, 1918, and was taken prisoner; on November 24 he escaped on a bicycle and got back to headquarters.
   After the war ended he was asked by Sir Pierre van Ryneveld to accompany him on the "Silver Queen," but refused the honour because he had promised his father not to fly again when the war ended.
   On his return to South Africa he took up farming but when World War II broke out he joined the S.A.A.F. After training young airmen, he went to Egypt and the Middle East, and saw service in Italy.
   After the war he sold his farms and founded the South Coast Aviation Co. He later became manager of Valencia Estates at Letaba, and after several years he was appointed the general manager of Tzaneen Citrus Co-Operative Society at Politsi.
   Well loved and a man of very high character he will be missed by those who knew him. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Aug 1918 1940 29 S.E.5a (D6964) Fokker D.VII (DESF) SE of Bailleul
2 17 Aug 1918 0830 29 S.E.5a (E5974) Hannover C (DES) E of Estaires
3 18 Aug 1918 1752 29 S.E.5a (E5974) Halberstadt C (DES) SE of Bailleul
4 16 Sep 1918 0835 29 S.E.5a (E5974) Fokker D.VII (DES) Bois Warneton
5 29 Sep 1918 1000 29 S.E.5a (C1135) Balloon (DES) E of Armentières
6 05 Oct 1918 0855 29 S.E.5a (C1133) Fokker DR.I (DES) NW of Courtrai
7 08 Oct 1918 1339 29 S.E.5a (F853) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Roulers
8 08 Oct 1918 1425 29 S.E.5a (F853) Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Roulers
9 09 Nov 1918 0945 29 S.E.5a (C1141) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Audenarde
10 09 Nov 1918 1035 29 S.E.5a (C1141) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Laerne-Lemberge
 
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