Having joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, D'Urban Victor Armstrong received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2461 on 12 February 1916. Posted to 60 Squadron, he scored his first victory on 9 November 1916, shooting down an Albatros D.I near Havrincourt. After serving with 44 Squadron throughout 1917, he was reassigned to 78 Squadron as a flight commander before joining 151 Squadron in the summer of 1918. As a member of the Royal Air Force's first night fighter squadron, he scored four more victories as a Sopwith Camel pilot. Shortly before the Armistice was signed, Armstrong was killed in a crash while performing low level aerobatics in his Camel.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Durban Victor Armstrong. (FRANCE)
A brilliant pilot of exceptional skill. His success in night operations has been phenomenal; and the services he renders in training other pilots is of the greatest value, personally supervising their flying and demonstrating the only successful method of attack by night. On the night of 10-11th September, learning that an enemy aeroplane was over our front, he volunteered to go up. The weather conditions were such as to render flying almost impossible, the wind blowing about fifty miles an hour, accompanied by driving rainstorms; despite this, Capt. Armstrong remained on patrol for over an hour, his machine at times being practically out of control. The foregoing is only one of many instances of this officer's remarkable skill and resolution in night operations.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 December 1918 (31046/14318)