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.
Lieut. Croye Rothes Pithey, D.F.C.
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.