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Name: William Lancelot Jordan
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
William Jordan [Thanks to Dr. David G. Styles]
Country: South Africa
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 8N (RNAS)
201 (RAF)
Victories: 39
Born: 03 December 1896
Place of Birth: Georgetown
Died: 1931
Place of Death: Northern England
 
 
An air mechanic in the Royal Naval Air Service, William Lancelot Jordan flew as an observer before receiving pilot training in 1917. Flying the Sopwith Camel, he scored 39 victories before being rested in 1918. On 5 September 1919, Captain Jordan received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 7784. He was killed in an automobile accident in late 1931.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut. William Lancelot Jordan, R.N.A.S.
   In recognition of the courage and initiative displayed by him in aerial combats.
   On the 13th July, 1917, in company with another pilot, he attacked an enemy two-seater machine. After bursts of fire from both of our machines, the enemy observer was seen to collapse in the cock-pit, and the enemy aircraft was last seen disappearing among some houses. On the 6th December, 1917, whilst patrolling at 15,000 feet, he saw a two-seater enemy aircraft at 10,500 feet, aud dived on him, firing about thirty rounds. After falling over to the left, enemy aircraft went down vertically. He has also been instrumental in bringing down other enemy machines.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Bar
Flt. Lieut. William Lancelot Jordan, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.
   For skill and determination when leading offensive patrols.
   On the 6th January, 1918, when on offensive patrol he observed ten Albatross scouts. The enemy dived and spread out, and Flt. Lieut. Jordan, in conjunction with another pilot, attacked one, into which he fired at close range, sending it down in a side-slipping dive.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (Hon. Capt.) William Lancelot Jordan, D.S.C. (late R.N.A.S.).
   A brilliant and most gallant leader who has already been awarded the D.S.C. and Bar for distinguished services and devotion to duty. He has led numerous offensive patrols into action, displaying at all times marked ability, determination and dash. He is an ideal Squadron Commander who has personally accounted for twenty-five enemy machines.
 
Opponents
#4 Adolf von TutschekGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 13 Jul 1917 1040 8N Sopwith Camel (N6372) Rumpler C (OOC) E of Lens
2 28 Jul 1917 0915 8N Sopwith Camel (N6372) Albatros D.V (OOC) Lens-La Bassée
3 09 Aug 1917 0935 8N Sopwith Camel (N6372) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 E of Henin-Lietard
4 11 Aug 1917 1930 8N Sopwith Camel (N6372) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 Acheville
5 19 Aug 1917 0850 8N Sopwith Camel (B3921) DFW C (OOC) 3 E of Lens
6 06 Dec 1917 0900 8N Sopwith Camel (B6379) DFW C (OOC) 4 Henin-Lietard
7 06 Dec 1917 1125 8N Sopwith Camel (B6379) DFW C (OOC) 5 Drocourt-Douai
8 28 Dec 1917 1125 8N Sopwith Camel (B6447) Albatros D.V (OOC) Mericourt
9 01 Jan 1918 1500 8N Sopwith Camel (B6447) Albatros D.V (OOC) Bailleul
10 03 Jan 1918 1005 8N Sopwith Camel (B6219) Hannover C (DES) Arras
11 04 Jan 1918 1130 8N Sopwith Camel (B6447) DFW C (DES) Oppy-Monchy
12 06 Jan 1918 1150 8N Sopwith Camel (B6447) Albatros D.V (DES) Quiery la Motte
13 19 Jan 1918 1125 8N Sopwith Camel (B6369) Albatros D.V (OOC) Wingles
14 24 Jan 1918 1130 8N Sopwith Camel (B6369) Albatros D.V (OOC) Neuvireuil
15 24 Jan 1918 1135 8N Sopwith Camel (B6369) Albatros D.V (OOC) Neuvireuil
16 25 Jan 1918 1315 8N Sopwith Camel (B6369) Pfalz D.III (DES) Beaumont
17 28 Jan 1918 1133 8N Sopwith Camel (B6369) Albatros D.V (OOC) Beaumont-Drocourt
18 18 Feb 1918 1115 8N Sopwith Camel (B7198) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Vitry
19 06 Apr 1918 1110 208 Sopwith Camel (D3335) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Oppy
20 12 Apr 1918 1740 208 Sopwith Camel (D1869) C (DES) NW of La Bassée
21 04 May 1918 1930 208 Sopwith Camel (D1869) Pfalz D.III (OOC) SE of La Bassée
22 12 May 1918 2000 208 Sopwith Camel (D1906) C (DES) ESE of Calonne
23 22 May 1918 1110 208 Sopwith Camel (B1889) C (OOC) 6 NE of Lens
24 23 May 1918 0645 208 Sopwith Camel (B1889) Fokker DR.I (OOC) E of Lens
25 31 May 1918 1110 208 Sopwith Camel (B1889) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Merville
26 01 Jun 1918 1110 208 Sopwith Camel (B1889) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Lens
27 02 Jun 1918 1215 208 Sopwith Camel (B1889) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Lestrem
28 04 Jun 1918 1820 208 Sopwith Camel (B1889) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Merville
29 07 Jul 1918 1940 208 Sopwith Camel (D1844) Fokker DR.I (OOC) E of La Bassée
30 08 Jul 1918 0750 208 Sopwith Camel (D1844) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Meurchin-Epinoy
31 08 Jul 1918 0800 208 Sopwith Camel (D1844) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Mettalergique Works
32 09 Jul 1918 1150 208 Sopwith Camel (D1844) DFW C (DES) Richebourg St. Vaast
33 16 Jul 1918 1125 208 Sopwith Camel (D1844) LVG C (DES) Laventie
34 16 Jul 1918 abt 1145 208 Sopwith Camel (D1844) LVG C (DES) Merville
35 20 Jul 1918 0730 208 Sopwith Camel (D1844) C (OOC) 7 NE of La Bassée
36 31 Jul 1918 0930 208 Sopwith Camel (D1845) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Estaires
37 31 Jul 1918 0930 208 Sopwith Camel (D1845) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Estaires
38 07 Aug 1918 1150 208 Sopwith Camel (D1845) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Meurchin
39 12 Aug 1918 1220 208 Sopwith Camel (D8162) LVG C (OOC) NE of Pacaut Wood

1 Shared with Ronald Thornely
2 Shared with Charles Booker
3 Shared with Ronald Thornely, FSL Ross McDonald, FSL J H Thompson (N6378)
4 Shared with FSL Pruett Dennett
5 Shared with Robert Compston
6 Shared with Lt Herbert Fowler, Lt Reginald Johns, Lt John McDonald, Lt Edward Johnstone, Capt Gerald Cooper, Lt Pruett Dennett
7 Shared with Rupert Gifford, Lt Richards
 
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