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Name: Charles Gordon Ross
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Croix de Guerre [Belgium]
Charles Ross
Country: South Africa
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 29
Victories: 20
Born: 12 March 1892
Place of Birth: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
Charles Gordon Ross joined the Royal Flying Corps in August 1917. Posted to 29 Squadron on 25 March 1918, he was credited with twenty victories. Post-war, he served with the same squadron in Cologne, Germany but left the Royal Air Force to enlist in the South African Air Force in 1921. Ross became a CBE during World War II and retired with the rank of Brigadier.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Charles Gordon Ross.
   A bold and skilful airman who has, during the last few months, accounted for four enemy machines. On 8th August, when on offensive patrol, he engaged a two-seater, driving it down. On his return journey he saw a hostile balloon, which he destroyed, the observer escaping in his parachute.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Charles Gordon Ross, D.F.C. (FRANCE)
   A fine fighting pilot and leader who has destroyed twelve enemy machines. On 2nd October he, with three other machines, attacked eight Fokker biplanes; in the engagement that followed four of these were destroyed, Capt. Ross accounting for one.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 26 May 1918 1835 29 S.E.5a DFW C (DES) 1 S of Bailleul
2 27 May 1918 1115 29 S.E.5a (D5981) DFW C (DESF) SE of Bailleul
3 28 May 1918 0905 29 S.E.5a (D5981) DFW C (DESF) 2 Neuve Eglise
4 29 May 1918 1630 29 S.E.5a (D6137) Albatros D.V (OOC) Merville
5 06 Jun 1918 1800 29 S.E.5a (D5953) Pfalz D.III (DES) 3 NW of Estaires
6 28 Jul 1918 0730 29 S.E.5a (E3917) DFW C (DES) Fournes
7 08 Aug 1918 0950 29 S.E.5a (C9071) Balloon (DES) Estaires
8 12 Aug 1918 0925 29 S.E.5a (C9071) Fokker D.VII (DES) Comines
9 16 Aug 1918 1845 29 S.E.5a (D6939) Fokker D.VII (DES) Poelcapelle
10 22 Aug 1918 0735 29 S.E.5a (C9071) DFW C (DES) Estaires
11 23 Aug 1918 0630 29 S.E.5a (C9071) DFW C (DES) E of Ypres
12 23 Aug 1918 0630 29 S.E.5a (C9071) Balloon (DES) 4 SE of Kemmel
13 24 Aug 1918 1915 29 S.E.5a (C9071) Fokker D.VII (OOC) S of Comines
14 28 Sep 1918 1710 29 S.E.5a (D6984) Fokker D.VII (DESF) S of Menin
15 28 Sep 1918 1730 29 S.E.5a (D6984) Fokker D.VII (DES) Menin-Gheluvelt Road
16 02 Oct 1918 1520 29 S.E.5a (E6030) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Roulers
17 04 Oct 1918 0935 29 S.E.5a (E6030) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Halluin
18 09 Nov 1918 1025 29 S.E.5a (F5543) Fokker D.VII (DES) 5 Laerne
19 09 Nov 1918 1020 29 S.E.5a (F5543) Fokker D.VII (DES) Laerne
20 10 Nov 1918 1345 29 S.E.5a (C8904) Fokker D.VII (DESF) N of Elene

1 Shared with Capt Reginald Rusby, Lt Francis Davies
2 Shared with Capt Reginald Rusby, Lt H M Hutton (D6153)
3 Shared with Lt Arthur Reed
4 Shared with 1/Lt A F Diamond (C8859), Capt Ernest Hoy
5 Shared with Lt H Holroyde (H7162)
 
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