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Name: George Edwin Thomson
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
George Thomson
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 46
Victories: 21
Born: 19 September 1897
Place of Birth: Rangoon, Burma
Died: 23 May 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Port Meadow, Oxford, England
Cemetery: Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford, England
 
 
George Edwin Thomson, the son of James and Ellen Thomson, of Glenfuccan, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, transferred from the King's Own Scottish Borderers to the Royal Flying Corps in September 1916. During flight training, he was badly injured in a crash which left him with a permanently scarred face. In the summer of 1917, he joined 46 Squadron in France and scored 1 victory with a Sopwith Pup before the squadron received Sopwith Camels. During March 1918, Thomson scored 15 victories, was awarded the Military Cross and was posted to the Home Establishment. Two months later, he was killed during take-off at Port Meadow when his aircraft burst into flames and crashed.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. George Edwin Thomson, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, when testing his machine, he observed a hostile two-seater machine between himself and the lines. He dived on it and fired sixty rounds at a close range, rendering the observer insensible. He then pulled up under the tail of the enemy machine, fired another thirty rounds, and observed it going down in a slow spin. He has accounted for six enemy machines, and has rendered continuous gallant and valuable service.
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Lt. (T./Capt.) George Edwin Thomson, M.C., Gen. List, and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, encountering a number of enemy two-seater planes, he dived on one of these and sent it down in flames. On returning to our lines, he dived on to another enemy machine, the observer of which was seen to collapse in his cockpit, the hostile machine going down completely out of control. On the following day, observing a hostile two-seater machine, he dived on it, engaging it at 100 yards range. On the hostile plane going down in a slow spin, he followed it to within 2,500 feet, but was compelled to withdraw owing to heavy machine-gun fire from the ground. He has, in all, accounted for twenty-one enemy machines, and has at all times during recent operations displayed the most marked skill and gallantry.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. George Thomson (King's Own Scottish Borderers).
   A brilliant and intrepid observer in whom his pilot places implicit confidence when engaged in action. He has personally accounted for nine enemy machines. On one raid, when acting as escort, fifteen enemy aeroplanes were encountered; of these this officer shot down two, which crashed, and one out of control.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Sep 1917 1150 46 Sopwith Pup (B2196) C (DES) Pelves
2 30 Nov 1917 1125 46 Sopwith Camel (B3514) Albatros D.V (DES) Bourlon Wood
3 30 Nov 1917 1510 46 Sopwith Camel (B3514) Pfalz D.III (CAP) NE of Flesquieres
4 10 Dec 1917 1100 46 Sopwith Camel (B2451) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of St. Quentin
5 18 Jan 1918 1145 46 Sopwith Camel (B2451) C (OOC) 51B V22
6 16 Feb 1918 0830 46 Sopwith Camel (B9131) Albatros C (OOC) 1 51B V22
7 06 Mar 1918 1345 46 Sopwith Camel (B9197) Hannover C (OOC) E of Douai
8 08 Mar 1918 1215 46 Sopwith Camel (C1627) C (OOC) Ecourt St. Quentin
9 11 Mar 1918 1215 46 Sopwith Camel (C1627) Albatros D.V (OOC) Cherisy
10 12 Mar 1918 1300 46 Sopwith Camel (C1627) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Ecourt St. Quentin
11 16 Mar 1918 1130 46 Sopwith Camel (C1627) C (OOC) 2 S of Brebières
12 16 Mar 1918 1200 46 Sopwith Camel (C1627) C (DES) 2 Brebières
13 16 Mar 1918 1200 46 Sopwith Camel (C1627) C (OOC) Brebières
14 16 Mar 1918 1200 46 Sopwith Camel (C1627) C (OOC) S of Brebières
15 17 Mar 1918 0845 46 Sopwith Camel (C1627) Albatros D.V (OOC) Cambrai
16 17 Mar 1918 0930 46 Sopwith Camel (C1627) C (OOC) Cambrai
17 22 Mar 1918 1800 46 Sopwith Camel (C1837) Albatros D.V (DES) Bullecourt
18 22 Mar 1918 1830 46 Sopwith Camel (C1837) Albatros D.V (OOC) W of Boursies
19 23 Mar 1918 1400 46 Sopwith Camel (D6407) Albatros D.V (DES) Morchies
20 23 Mar 1918 1400 46 Sopwith Camel (D6407) Albatros D.V (OOC) Morchies
21 23 Mar 1918 1400 46 Sopwith Camel (D6407) Albatros D.V (OOC) Morchies

1 Shared with Lt Horace Debenham
2 Shared with Sydney Smith
 
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