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Name: George Ranald MacFarlane Reid
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Country: Scotland
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 18, 20, 25 (RFC)
206 (RAF)
Victories: 9
Born: 25 October 1893
Place of Birth: Ardeer, Ayrshire
Place of Death:  
George Ranald MacFarlane Reid was the son of George M. and Gertrude M. Reid; living in Monkton & Prestwick, Ayrshire in 1901. Served in the 4th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was promoted to Second Lieutenant (on probation) on 15 August 1914.

Appears as Major George Ronald MacFarlane Reid in the Supplement to the London Gazette of 1 January 1919 (31098/96).
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) George Ranald Macfarlane Reid, 4th Bn., Arg. and Suth'd Highrs. and R.F.C.
   For consistent gallantry and skill. In the course of seven days, 2nd Lts. Mann as pilot and Reid as observer, attacked no less than eight enemy aeroplanes. They drove down four, three of which were seriously damaged. The remainder were driven off, one escaping by getting into a cloud.
Military Cross (MC) Bar
Lt. (temp. Capt.) George Ranald Macfarlane Reid, M.C., Arg. & Suth'd Highrs.
   For conspicuous gallantry in action. He with his observer pursued a hostile aeroplane for some six miles into the enemy's territory, and there shot it down. He has on many previous occasions done very fine work.
   (The Military Cross was awarded in London Gazette dated 24th June, 1916.)
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 May 1916 0800 25 F.E.2b (6330) 1 Aviatik C (FTL/DES) Souchez
2 19 May 1916 1815 25 F.E.2b (6330) 1 Fokker E (DES) Mericourt
3 21 May 1916 1805 25 F.E.2b (6330) 1 C (DES) Annay-Lens
4 29 Jul 1916 1215 20 F.E.2d (A22) 2 Rumpler C (DES) Zandvoorde
5 31 Jul 1916 1135 20 F.E.2d (A22) 2 LVG C (DES) Ypres
6 31 Aug 1916 1025 20 F.E.2d (A19) 2 Fokker D.II (OOC) Langemarck
7 24 Sep 1916 1210 20 F.E.2d (A39) 2 Fokker D.II (DES) 3 Rumbeke
8 16 Oct 1916 0905 20 F.E.2d (A39) 2 LVG C (OOC) Wadizeele
9 21 Oct 1916 1200 20 F.E.2d (A39) 2 LVG C (DES) Comines

1 Observer Lt James Anderson Mann
2 Observer Lt Laurence Scott
3 Shared with Lt A D Pearce & 2Lt W F Findlay (A19)
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