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Name: Croye Rothes Pithey
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Country: South Africa
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 12
Victories: 10
Born: 19 August 1895
Place of Birth: Natal
Died: 21 February 1920 KIFA
Place of Death:  
 
 
Wounded in action on 27 September 1918, Croye Rothes Pithey and his observer, Hervey Rhodes, scored 10 victories flying the R.E.8. In 1920 he was killed in a crash, flying a Bristol Fighter with 2 Squadron from Chester to Baldonnell, Ireland.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Croye Rothes Pithey.
   When on reconnaissance 8,000 yards behind the enemy lines he saw a hostile balloon on the ground; descending to 1,700 feet, he and his observer engaged and destroyed it. He then completed his reconnaissance.
   On another occasion, when on photography work, he was attacked by nine hostile scouts. By skilful manoeuvring he enabled his observer to shoot down three; the remaining six dispersed. He displays the greatest courage and determination in photographic and reconnaissance work.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. Croye Rothes Pithey, D.F.C. (FRANCE)
2nd Lieut. (A./Lieut.) Hervey Rhodes, D.F.C. (York. R.). (FRANCE)
   Lieut. Pithey and his observer, Lieut. Rhodes, have crashed five enemy aeroplanes and driven down five out of control; in addition, they have shot down two balloons in flames, displaying conspicuous courage and skill on all occasions. On 1st September they attacked an enemy two-seater on contact patrol; this machine at first retired east but returned, accompanied by six scouts, to the attack; after a short engagement they were driven off, and Lieut. Pithey, although his machine was badly shot about, continued his patrol and brought back a most valuable and accurate report.
 
Victories
  Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 May 1918 12 R.E.8 Balloon (DES)  
2 04 Jun 1918 0845 12 R.E.8 Balloon (DES)  
3 07 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Pfalz D.III (DES) 57C B8
4 07 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 57C B8
5 07 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 57C B8
6 21 Aug 1918 1130 12 R.E.8 (E47) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Behaignies
7 23 Aug 1918 1740 12 R.E.8 LVG C (DESF) Boyelles
8 28 Aug 1918 0945 12 R.E.8 (F6097) DFW C (DES) E of St. Leger
9 30 Aug 1918 1650 12 R.E.8 (F6097) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Bullecourt
10 03 Sep 1918 1715 12 R.E.8 (F6097) LVG C (DES) Lagnicourt
 
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