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Name: Henry "Duke" Meintjes
Military Cross (MC)
Air Force Cross (AFC)
Henry Meintjes
Country: South Africa
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 56, 60
Victories: 8
Born: 25 December 1892
Place of Birth: Colesburg
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
Lieutenant Henry Meintjes received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2385 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Thetford on 2 January 1916 and was posted to 60 Squadron. After claiming four victories and becoming a flight commander, he was reassigned to 56 Squadron in April 1917. Scoring his final victories on the evening of 7 May 1917, Meintjes' patrol of S.E.5s encountered Jasta 11. In the battle that followed, Albert Ball was lost and Meintjes was wounded in the wrist while shooting down two Albatros D.IIIs. Meintjes later served with the South African Air Force, attaining the rank of Major.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Oct 1916 0815 60 Nieuport 17 (A214) Roland C (OOC) Bapaume
2 11 Dec 1916 1030 60 Nieuport 17 (A214) Albatros C.III (174/16) (CAP) 1 Dainville
3 29 Jan 1917 1030 60 Nieuport 17 (A311) C (DES) Bois du Biez
4 29 Jan 1917 1045 60 Nieuport 17 (A311) Albatros D.III (DES) Bois du Biez
5 29 Apr 1917 1000 56 S.E.5 (A4848) Albatros D.III (OOC) Hamel-Recourt
6 02 May 1917 0730 56 S.E.5 (A4848) Albatros C (DES) W of Corbehem
7 07 May 1917 1830-1900 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.III (OOC) 2 N of Cambrai
8 07 May 1917 1830-1945 56 S.E.5 (A8900) Albatros D.III (DES) E of Gouy

1 Shared with Capt Eustace Grenfell, Lt Daly, Lt Lewis Whitehead, Lt Weedon, Lt Keith Caldwell
2 Shared with Lt Cecil Lewis (A4853), 2Lt Reginald Hoidge (A4862), 2Lt W B Melville (A4852)
 
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