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Name: Phillip Bernard "Bruce" Prothero
Phillip Prothero
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 24, 56
Victories: 8
Born: 15 January 1894
Place of Birth: Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: 26 July 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: NE of Houthem, Belgium
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
The son of Edward Douglas and Margaret Caroline Prothero, Phillip Bernard Prothero with Princess Louise's 4th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. 2nd Lieutenant Prothero received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1906 on a Caudron biplane at Ruffy-Baumann School, Hendon on 17 October 1915. Posted to 24 Squadron, he scored his first two victories flying the Bristol Scout in 1916. The following year, flying the S.E.5, he downed six more enemy aircraft. In his final dogfight, his aircraft was last seen spinning earthward with its wings shot off by a member of Jasta 27.

When asked why he always wore a kilt on combat missions, Prothero replied "You wouldna have me taken prisoner in disguise would you now laddie?"

WO 339/24450
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Jun 1916 0715 24 Bristol Scout C (5308) EA (DES) Grandcourt
2 10 Jul 1916 0810 24 Bristol Scout C (5308) C (DES) W of Grevillers Wood
3 23 May 1917 1900-1915 56 S.E.5 (A8909) Albatros D.III (OOC) Aubigny
4 27 May 1917 1900-2000 56 S.E.5 (A8909) Albatros D.III (OOC) E of Bugnicourt
5 28 May 1917 1145-1245 56 S.E.5 (A8909) Albatros D.III (OOC) Busigny
6 15 Jun 1917 1315 56 S.E.5 (A8909) C (DES) Fort Carnot
7 11 Jul 1917 1845-1945 56 S.E.5 (A8909) D (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
8 21 Jul 1917 1930-2015 56 S.E.5 (A8925) D (OOC) Polygon Wood

1 Shared with Capt Edric Broadberry
2 Shared with Lt Gerald Maxwell
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