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Name: Ian Patrick Robert "Old Naps" Napier
Military Cross (MC)
Légion d'Honneur

Croix de Guerre
Ian Napier
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 40
Victories: 12
Born: 24 July 1895
Place of Birth: Milton, Dumbartonshire
Died: 09 May 1977
Place of Death: London
Cemetery: Dumbarton Cemetery
 
 
Napier attended Eton before joining the army. He transferred from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. Assigned to 40 Squadron, he flew Nieuport scouts and the S.E.5a in combat and served as a liaison officer with the French army. After the war, he entered the family shipbuilding business.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Capt. Ian Patrick Robert Napier, Arg. & Suth'd Highrs. and R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer has carried out many reconnaissances, and flying at low altitudes has engaged massed enemy troops with bombs and machine-gun fire, inflicting heavy casualties. He has brought down seven enemy machines.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Apr 1917 1610 40 Nieuport (A6778) Albatros D.III (DES) 1 Mericourt-La Coulette
2 24 Apr 1917 1200 40 Nieuport (A6778) DFW C.V (CAP) 2 Lens
3 06 Mar 1918 1625 40 S.E.5a (B4888) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Lens
4 06 Apr 1918 1035 40 S.E.5a (B157) C (DES) Brebieres
5 12 Apr 1918 0650 40 S.E.5a (B157) Albatros D.V (OOC) 3 S of Estaires
6 12 Apr 1918 0650 40 S.E.5a (B157) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Estaires
7 29 Apr 1918 0720 40 S.E.5a (B157) DFW C.V (CAP) 4 W of Bethune
8 03 May 1918 1850 40 S.E.5a (B157) DFW C.V (DES) Merville
9 13 May 1918 0615 40 S.E.5a (D213) DFW C.V (DES) 5 Lacouture
10 01 Jul 1918 2010 40 S.E.5a (D6180) Pfalz D.III (DES) Armentières
11 01 Jul 1918 2035 40 S.E.5a (D6180) Rumpler C (DES) La Gorgue
12 04 Jul 1918 1525 40 S.E.5a (D6180) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Bois du Biez

1 Shared with Lt D de Burgh (A6781)
2 Shared with Lt Brevis, FSL Robert Little
3 Shared with 2Lt Ivan Hind
4 Shared with Lt P D Learoyd (D213), Lt L H Sutton (D3509)
5 Shared with Lt J H Jennings & 2Lt J H Hay
 
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