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Name: Hugh William Lumsden "Dingbat" Saunders
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Military Medal (MM)
Hugh Saunders
Country: South Africa
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 84
Victories: 15
Born: 24 August 1894
Place of Birth: Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa
Died: 08 May 1987
Place of Death: Ringwood and Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England
 
 
The son of Fred W. Saunders, Hugh William Lumsden Saunders enlisted in the Witwatersrand Rifles in August 1914 and served with the South African Horse before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. Cadet Saunders was promoted to temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 2 August 1917. Posted to 84 Squadron in November 1917, he scored fifteen victories flying the S.E.5a in 1918. Post-war, Sir Hugh Saunders remained in the Royal Air Force and, following a very distinguished career, retired with rank of Air Marshal in 1953.
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Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Hugh William Lumsden Saunders, M.M., Gen. List, attd. R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During recent operations he destroyed five enemy machines and shot down four out of control. He showed great courage and skill in engaging enemy aircraft, and did splendid service.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Hugh William Lumsden Saunders, M,C., M.M.
   An officer of exceptional courage, who, since he was awarded the M.C., has destroyed five enemy aircraft and shot down two balloons in flames. While on patrol he observed a formation of seven hostile scouts below him. Diving to attack he engaged the leader and firing shoot bursts at close range shot him down nose foremost; the remainder of the formation scattered in all directions.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Jan 1918 1440 84 S.E.5a (C9500) C (OOC) Malincourt
2 18 Feb 1918 1100 84 S.E.5a (C9500) LVG C (OOC) Beaurevoir
3 03 Apr 1918 1950 84 S.E.5a (C1794) Pfalz D.III (DES) Rosières
4 06 Apr 1918 1120 84 S.E.5a (C1794) LVG C (CAP) 1 N of Hangard
5 25 Apr 1918 1700 84 S.E.5a (B8403) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Wiencourt
6 29 Apr 1918 1900 84 S.E.5a (B8403) DFW C (CAP) 2 SE of St. Gratien
7 16 May 1918 0745 84 S.E.5a (B8403) Albatros D.V (OOC) Chipilly
8 16 May 1918 1805 84 S.E.5a (B8403) Fokker DR.I (OOC) S of Herleville
9 17 May 1918 1330 84 S.E.5a (B8403) Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Hangest
10 28 May 1918 0920 84 S.E.5a (B8403) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Wiencourt
11 28 Jun 1918 0650 84 S.E.5a (C6496) LVG C (DES) Fricourt
12 16 Jul 1918 1345 84 S.E.5a (C6496) Balloon (DES) SW of Proyart
13 20 Jul 1918 1015 84 S.E.5a (C6496) Fokker D.VII (DES) Morcourt
14 22 Jul 1918 1345 84 S.E.5a (C6496) Balloon (DES) N of Fricourt
15 29 Jul 1918 0800 84 S.E.5a (C6496) LVG C (DES) N of Bois de Tailles

1 Shared with Lt Jens Larson, Lt Charles Stubbs, Lt Hector MacDonald
2 Shared with Lt Carl Falkenberg, Lt John Todd, Lt V C Chapman (B7471)
 
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