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Name: Robert Alexander Birkbeck
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Robert Alexander Birkbeck
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 1
Victories: 10
Born: 08 October 1898
Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Died: 09 January 1938
Place of Death: Oxted, Surrey, England
Cemetery: St. Peter, Tandridge, Surrey Image
 
 
The son of Vincent and Winifred (Alexander) Birkbeck, Robert Alexander Birkbeck attended West Downs School, Winchester before he enlisted. He received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3157 at London & Provincial School, Hendon on 23 June 1916. Appointed temp. 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 4 March 1917. Scored 10 victories flying Nieuport Scouts with 1 Squadron from 10 June 1917 to 17 February 1918. Distinguished Flying Cross gazetted 3 June 1918. Granted a short service commission as Flying Officer (from Flight Lieutenant) effective from 12 May 1920. Left the service on 12 May 1931 and became a shipbroker.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Birkbeck family in 1914
Birkbeck family during the Great War
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Jul 1917 1900 1 Nieuport (B1582) Albatros D.V (OOC) Menin
2 10 Aug 1917 1430 1 Nieuport (B1582) Albatros D.V (OOC) Quesnoy
3 16 Aug 1917 0930 1 Nieuport (B1582) Albatros D.V (OOC) Passchendaele
4 01 Oct 1917 1110 1 Nieuport (B6753) DFW C (OOC) 1 Houthoulst
5 09 Oct 1917 1515 1 Nieuport (B6753) Albatros D.V (DESF) S of Polygon Wood
6 09 Oct 1917 1515 1 Nieuport (B6753) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Polygon Wood
7 12 Oct 1917 1145 1 Nieuport (B6753) C (DES) Comines
8 21 Oct 1917 1145 1 Nieuport (B6753) DFW C (OOC) Nieppe
9 31 Oct 1917 1030 1 Nieuport (B6753) DFW C (DES) S of Houthem
10 09 Nov 1917 1600 1 Nieuport (B6826) DFW C (OOC) SE of Houthoulst Wood

1 Shared with Capt William Rooper, Lt Francis George Baker (B3630), Lt Lumsden Cummings
 
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