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Name: Leonard Horatio Slatter
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Leonard Slatter
Country: South Africa
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: Seaplane Defence Flight, 13N (RNAS)
4 ASD; 213 (RAF)
Victories: 7
Born: 08 December 1894
Place of Birth: Durban, Natal, South Africa
Died: 14 April 1961
Place of Death: Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
A civil engineer and native of South Africa, Leonard Horatio Slatter joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1916. Later that year, after serving as an observer, he was selected for pilot training and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3912 on a Sopwith seaplane at the seaplane base, Dover on 14 November 1916. Flying Sopwith Pups and Camels, he scored seven victories and became an instructor in July 1918. After the war, he remained in the Royal Air Force, serving with 47 Squadron in Russia. During World War II, he served in Iraq, commanded the Roya Air Force in the Eritrea-Abyssinia campaign, directed operations against Nazi U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic and served as Commander in Chief of the Coastal Command from 1945 to 1948. Air Marshal Sir Leonard Horation Slatter, 66, died at Uxbridge. He was survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut, (now Flt. Lieut.) Leonard Horatio Slatter, R.N.A.S.
   For conspicuous gallantry and skill on many occasions both as observer and pilot. He has taken part in numerous night bombing raids, and on one occasion he ascended at night for the purpose of attacking hostile machines, notwithstanding the fact that he had only returned a few hours previously from a successful action with hostile aircraft in superior numbers.
   On the 4th September, 1917, he attacked an enemy Torpedo Boat Destroyer with machine gun fire.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Bar
Flt. Lieut. (Act. Flt. Cdr.) Leonard Horatio Slatter, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.
   For distinguished service rendered during a bombing attack on Ostende Seaplane Station on the 26th March, 1918, when, in spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and the glare of numerous searchlights, he descended to 400 feet over his objective to drop bombs.
    Flt. Cdr. Slatter is a leader of unqualified keenness and dash and possessed of exceptional courage and judgment.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Aug 1917 2000 St. Pol SDF Sopwith Pup (N6459) Seaplane (DES) 1 Off Ostend
2 15 Sep 1917 1910 St. Pol SDF Sopwith Pup (B3793) Seaplane (DESF) 2 12 mi NE of Nieuport
3 25 Sep 1917 1700 St. Pol SDF Sopwith Camel (N6348) Seaplane (DES) Near Ostend
4 27 Oct 1917 1500 St. Pol SDF Sopwith Camel (B3936) Albatros D.III (DES) NW of Ostend
5 29 Jan 1918 1400 13N Sopwith Camel (B7186) Seaplane (DES) 3 Blankenberghe Pier
6 11 Mar 1918 1445 213 Sopwith Camel (B6400) Albatros D.V (DES) 2 mi N of Mariakerke
7 30 Aug 1918 abt 1400 4 ASD Sopwith Camel (D3346) Halberstadt C (DES) S of Stalhille

1 Shared with FCdr Ronald Graham, FLt P Fisher (N6437)
2 Shared with FCdr Ronald Graham
3 Shared with FSL John Paynter, FSL John Greene, FSL George MacKay, FSL Maurice Cooper
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