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Name: George Edgar Bruce Lawson
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: South Africa
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 32
Victories: 6
Born: 26 April 1899
Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: 19 November 1923 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria, South Africa
Cemetery: Thaba Tshwane (OLD No.1) Military Cemetery Image
An S.E.5a pilot, George Edgar Bruce Lawson was assigned to 32 Squadron in April 1918. He scored his last two victories of the war on 27 September 1918. One of these was Fritz Rumey of Jasta 5. Lawson collided with Rumey's Fokker D.VII and the German ace jumped from his plane but was killed when his parachute failed to deploy. In 1923, Lawson joined the South African Air Force but died from injuries in a crash whilst flying as a passenger aboard a D.H.9 or Avro 504K.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. George Edgar Bruce Lawson. (FRANCE)
   A pilot of courage and skill, bold in attack and gallant in action, who has accounted for five enemy aeroplanes. On 27th September he attacked fifteen Fokker biplanes that were harassing one of our bombing formations, driving down one in flames. He then engaged a second; in the combat the two machines collided, and the enemy aeroplane fell down completely out of control. Although his machine was badly damaged, Lieutenant Lawson successfully regained our lines.
#6 Fritz RumeyGermany
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 Jun 1918 1130 32 S.E.5a (C1881) Albatros D.V (OOC) Lagny
2 06 Sep 1918 1700 32 S.E.5a (E1399) Fokker D.VII (DES) Holnon
3 16 Sep 1918 1800 32 S.E.5a (E1399) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Marquion
4 24 Sep 1918 1710 32 S.E.5a (E1399) Fokker D.VII (OOC) N of Cambrai
5 27 Sep 1918 0930 32 S.E.5a (E1399) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Emerchicourt
6 27 Sep 1918 0930 32 S.E.5a (E1399) Fokker D.VII (DES) Emerchicourt
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