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Name: Samuel Marcus "Kink" Kinkead
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Samuel Kinkead
Country: South Africa
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 3 Wing (RNAS)
1 Naval (RNAS)
47, 201 (RAF)
Victories: 33
Born: 25 February 1897
Place of Birth: Johannesburg
Died: 12 March 1928 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Calshot, Hampshire, England
 
 
After he joined the Royal Naval Air Service in September 1915, Samuel Marcus Kinkead was posted to the Dardanelles with 3 Naval Wing in 1916. Here he scored his first three victories flying Nieuport and Bristol Scouts. In 1917, he saw action on the Somme and at Ypres while serving with 1 Naval Squadron. In April 1918, this unit became 201 Squadron of the newly formed Royal Air Force. Flying the Sopwith Camel, Kinkead scored 24 victories and ended the war as 201 Squadron's highest scoring ace. After the war, he served with 47 Squadron in Russia, scoring several more victories and receiving the Distinguished Service Order. In 1921, as a flight commander under Raymond Collishaw, Kinkead saw action with 30 Squadron in the Middle East. In 1928, as a member of the RAF Schneider Trophy team, Kinkead was killed in a crash as he attempted to break the world air speed record in a Supermarine S5.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt.-Lieut. Samuel Marcus Kinkead, R.N.A.S.
   In recognition of the conspicuous gallantry and skill displayed by him in the face of the enemy in aerial combats, notably on the following occasions:—
   On the 24th October, 1917, he brought down an enemy machine, and immediately afterwards encountered and drove off a group of seven hostile aeroplanes. On the 4th December, 1917, he brought down an enemy two-seater machine completely out of control. By his skill and determination in attacking enemy machines he has always shown a fine example to other pilots."
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Bar
Flt. Lieut. Samuel Marcus Kinkead, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.
   For the skill and courage displayed by him as a pilot. On the 22 March 1918, he attacked and drove down out of control an Albatros scout which was attacking a French machine. He has brought down many other enemy machines. He is an exceptionally good pilot, and a clever and plucky fighter, and has performed very fine work, both on offensive patrols and on low flying missions.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Samuel Marcus Kinkead, D.S.C.
   A skilful and gallant leader, who has attacked enemy formations superior in numbers with marked success. In a recent engagement his patrol flew to the assistance of some of our machines which were greatly outnumbered by the enemy, and succeeded in accounting for three enemy machines and scattered the remainder.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lt. (T./Capt.) Samuel Marcus Kinkead, D.S.C., D.F.C.
   On a recent date this officer engaged a large party of troops in a wood. The engagement lasted for an hour, but so persistent was his attack that the enemy finally broke and dispersed. During this attack he was harassed by six hostile scouts. Later on he shot down an enemy two-seater in our lines. A bold and daring airman.
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Flying Officer Samuel Marcus Kinkead, D.S.C., D.F.C. (late H.L. Inf. and R.N.A.S.), " A " Detachment.
   On 12th October, 1919, near Kotluban, this officer led a formation of Camel machines and attacked the Cavalry Division of Dumenko.
   By skilful tactics in low flying he dispersed this force, which had turned the left flank of the Caucasian Army, and threatened to jeopardise the whole defence of Tzaritzin.
   Flying Officer Kinkead has carried out similar attacks on enemy troops, batteries, camps and transport with great success at considerable personal risk.
   Previous rewards:—D.S. Cross 22.2.1918, Bar to D.S. Cross 26.4.1918, D.F. Cross 3.8.1918, Bar to D.F. Cross 2.11.1918 (201st Squadron, France).
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 Aug 1916 3W Bristol Scout Fokker E Xanthi
2 28 Aug 1916 3W Nieuport C NE of Zinelli
3 3W Nieuport    
4 17 Sep 1917 1145 1N Nieuport (N5465) DFW C.V (OOC) Comines
5 17 Oct 1917 1100-1130 1N Nieuport (N5465) DFW C.V (OOC) Comines
6 18 Oct 1917 1030 1N Nieuport (N5465) C (OOC) 1 E of Poelcapelle
7 24 Oct 1917 1330 1N Nieuport (N5465) C (DES) Comines-Wervicq
8 29 Oct 1917 1715 1N Nieuport (N5465) Albatros D.III (OOC) Gheluveldt
9 12 Nov 1917 1545 1N Nieuport (N5465) Pfalz D.III (DESF) 1 Dixmude
10 15 Nov 1917 1315 1N Sopwith Camel (B6398) Albatros D.V (OOC) Beerst
11 15 Nov 1917 1355 1N Sopwith Camel (B6398) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Dixmude
12 04 Dec 1917 1600 1N Sopwith Camel (B6398) DFW C.V (OOC) SE of Dixmude
13 06 Dec 1917 0700-0800 1N Sopwith Camel (B6398) C (OOC) Houthoulst
14 06 Dec 1917 1100 1N Sopwith Camel (B6398) Albatros D.V (OOC) Passchendaele
15 10 Mar 1918 1530 1N Sopwith Camel (B6398) Albatros D.V (OOC) NW of Menin
16 16 Mar 1918 1625 1N Sopwith Camel (B6211) Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
17 21 Mar 1918 1550 1N Sopwith Camel (B6409) Albatros D.V (OOC) Nieuport
18 22 Mar 1918 1410 1N Sopwith Camel (B6211) Albatros D.V (OOC) Slype
19 06 Apr 1918 1315 201 Sopwith Camel (B6409) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Mericourt
20 02 May 1918 1010 201 Sopwith Camel C (OOC) 2 N of Albert
21 10 May 1918 1950 201 Sopwith Camel (B6297) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Villers Brettoneaux
22 15 May 1918 0645 201 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (DES) 3 Bapaume
23 15 May 1918 1745 201 Sopwith Camel (B6297) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Albert
24 23 May 1918 0740 201 Sopwith Camel (B7190) Albatros D.V (OOC) 4 Arras-Cambrai
25 30 May 1918 1055 201 Sopwith Camel (B7190) Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of Albert
26 30 May 1918 1955 201 Sopwith Camel (B7190) Albatros D.V (OOC) Achiet le Grand
27 29 Jul 1918 1120 201 Sopwith Camel (D3343) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Armentières
28 30 Jul 1918 1015 201 Sopwith Camel (D3343) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SW of Armentières
29 31 Jul 1918 2030 201 Sopwith Camel (B7190) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Dickebusch
30 10 Aug 1918 0900 201 Sopwith Camel (B7190) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Foucaucourt
31 10 Aug 1918 1115 201 Sopwith Camel (B7190) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lihons
32 12 Aug 1918 abt 1710 201 Sopwith Camel (C64) Fokker D.VII (CAP) Bayonvillers
33 13 Aug 1918 1115 201 Sopwith Camel (B7190) Fokker D.VII (DES) Rosiers
34 07 Oct 1918 47 Sopwith Camel (F1955) Nieuport Dubovka
35 18 Oct 1918 47 Sopwith Camel Nieuport Peskovatka

1 Shared with FSL James Forman
2 Shared with Lt Anthony Spence, Lt Hazel Wallace, Lt R E Bright (B7267), 2Lt H Riddell (B7225), Lt Reginald Brading
3 Shared with Maj Charles Booker, Lt James Forman, Lt Maxwell Findlay, Lt R Hemmens, Lt Robert McLaughlin, Lt Hazel Wallace, Lt Reginald Brading, Lt R S S Orr
4 Shared with Maj Charles Booker
 
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