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Name: Charles Findlay
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Charles Findlay
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 88
Victories: 14
Born: 22 June 1891
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
A married student from Glasgow, Findlay joined the Mounted Field Ambulance in March 1915. Accepting a commission with the Highland Light Infantry, he served in the Sinai campaign before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in December 1916. He completed pilot training in May 1917 and served as an instructor until he was assigned to 88 Squadron in early 1918. As a Bristol Fighter pilot, Findlay made several attacks against enemy aerodromes, participated in early wireless telegraphy experiments and scored 14 victories, including 13 Fokker D.VIIs. He remained in the Royal Air Force after the war and served during World War II. He retired with the rank of Group Captain in 1946.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./.Capt.) Charles Findlay. (FRANCE)
   On 29th October this officer led his flight with the greatest dash and determination against a hostile formation of about fifty machines. Reinforced by six more machines—making a total of twelve in all—he fought his patrol against the enemy's overwhelming numbers for upwards of half-on-hour, but the enemy being continuously reinforced he was eventually forced to withdraw. Cleverly extricating his formation he retired across the lines, our only casualties being one pilot and one observer wounded. The enemy lost heavily, five machines being shot down inflames (one by Capt. Findlay), four destroyed and six driven down out of control.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Jul 1918 1035 88 Bristol F.2b (C4601) 1 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Richebourg
2 06 Aug 1918 1045 88 Bristol F.2b (C4601) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Ploegsteert
3 11 Aug 1918 1135 88 Bristol F.2b (C4601) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Clery
4 11 Aug 1918 1135 88 Bristol F.2b (C4601) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Clery
5 11 Aug 1918 1700 88 Bristol F.2b (C4601) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Mericourt
6 11 Aug 1918 1700 88 Bristol F.2b (C4601) 1 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Mericourt
7 12 Aug 1918 1005 88 Bristol F.2b (C4601) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Biaches
8 04 Sep 1918 0930 88 Bristol F.2b (C4601) 2 Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Don
9 05 Sep 1918 1850 88 Bristol F.2b (C4601) 2 Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Perenchies
10 02 Oct 1918 0815 88 Bristol F.2b (E2412) 3 Fokker D.VII (DES) La Bassée
11 02 Oct 1918 0820 88 Bristol F.2b (E2412) 3 Fokker D.VII (DESF) La Bassée
12 07 Oct 1918 0635 88 Bristol F.2b (E2412) 3 Fokker D.VII (DES) Annapes
13 30 Oct 1918 0855 88 Bristol F.2b (F2533) 3 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Havinnes
14 30 Oct 1918 0855 88 Bristol F.2b (F2533) 3 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Havinnes

1 Observer 2Lt Bruce Digby-Worsley
2 Observer 2Lt C T Gauntlett
3 Observer Lt Ivan Agabeg
 
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