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Name: Cecil Robert "Ruggles" Thompson
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Cecil Thompson
Country: South Africa
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 84
Victories: 6
Born: 04 December 1894
Place of Birth: Kimberley
Died: 16 March 1973
Place of Death:  
After two and half years in the army, Cecil Robert Thompson entered the Royal Flying Corps in August 1917. An S.E.5a pilot, he fought his last dogfight on the morning of 15 September 1918. After shooting down a German kite balloon, he was attacked by several Fokker D.VIIs. In the melee that followed, Thompson was badly wounded in the face and shoulder but made it safely back to his aerodrome.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Cecil Robert Thompson. (FRANCE)
   This officer has destroyed three enemy machines and three kite balloons. At all times he displays utter disregard of personal danger, notably so on 15th September, when, in company with another machine, in face of a heavy barrage, he dived to attack a kite balloon; as he dived he was attacked from the rear by four Fokkers. Disregarding them, he continued to dive, and shot down the balloon in flames. He then, although wounded in the face and shoulder, turned and engaged the Fokkers, who had, in the meantime, been reinforced and numbered twelve. Finally, after a stern contest, he made his way back to the aerodrome and rendered his report.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 04 Aug 1918 0830 84 S.E.5a (D6906) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Warfusée-Abancourt
2 07 Aug 1918 0910 84 S.E.5a (D6906) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Le Quesnel
3 11 Aug 1918 1800 84 S.E.5a (D6906) Fokker D.VII (DES) Villers-Carbonnel
4 04 Sep 1918 1330 84 S.E.5a (F6420) Balloon (DES) 1 Douvieux
5 05 Sep 1918 0950 84 S.E.5a (F6420) Balloon (DES) S of Poeuilly
6 15 Sep 1918 0955 84 S.E.5a (F6420) Balloon (DES) E of St. Quentin

1 Shared with Lt Sidney Highwood
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