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Name: Cristoffel Johannes "Boetie" Venter
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar Cristoffel Venter
Country: South Africa
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 29
Victories: 16
Born: 01 November 1893
Place of Birth:  
Died: 20 February 1977
Place of Death:  
 
 
Cristoffel Johannes Venter was captured on 18 August 1918 when his S.E.5a was shot down near Kemmel.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Christoffel Johannes Venter.
   During recent operations this officer shot down five enemy aeroplanes, one of which he followed down to 500 feet, when it was seen to fall.
   He is a bold and skilful airman.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lt. (T./Capt.) Christoffel Johannes Venter, D.F.C.
   A brilliant patrol leader, who has since May last destroyed eleven enemy machines. In an engagement between six of our machines and nine of the enemy, five of the latter were destroyed, Captain Venter accounting for one. Later on the same day he, in company with three other officers, engaged four Fokkers. In the combat that followed all four enemy machines were destroyed, this officer shooting down one.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 May 1918 0930 29 S.E.5a (D3359) C (DES) Merville
2 18 May 1918 1150 29 S.E.5a (D3937) Pfalz D.III (DESF) W of Estaires
3 19 May 1918 1150 29 S.E.5a (D5969) C (DES) NW of Estaires
4 02 Jun 1918 0815 29 S.E.5a (B8240) C (OOC) 1 Bailleul-Armentières
5 06 Jun 1918 1755 29 S.E.5a (D3359) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Estaires-Bailleul
6 08 Jun 1918 1930 29 S.E.5a (D3359) C (DESF) E of Merville
7 17 Jun 1918 0915 29 S.E.5a (C1116) Albatros C (DES) E of Merville
8 18 Jun 1918 0825 29 S.E.5a (B8504) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NE of Estaires
9 26 Jun 1918 1745 29 S.E.5a (C1116) Hannover C (DES) SE of Mt Kemmel
10 02 Jul 1918 1030 29 S.E.5a (C1116) Halberstadt C (DES) W of Houthem
11 08 Jul 1918 0930 29 S.E.5a (C1116) Hannover C (DESF) Messines
12 19 Jul 1918 1230 29 S.E.5a (C1116) Halberstadt C (DES) Outtersteene
13 12 Aug 1918 0925 29 S.E.5a (D6965) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Comines
14 12 Aug 1918 0930 29 S.E.5a (D6965) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Armentières
15 12 Aug 1918 1940 29 S.E.5a (D6965) Fokker D.VII (DESF) SE of Bailleul
16 14 Aug 1918 1010 29 S.E.5a (D6965) Halberstadt C (DESF) 2 Armentières

1 Shared with Lt Camille Lagesse
2 Shared with Lt Ernest Hoy
 
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