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Name: William Otto Brash Winkler
William Winkler
Country: Scotland
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 48
Victories: 6
Born: 07 July 1895
Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Died: 24 November 1952
Place of Death: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
 
 
The son of Margaret Winkler, William Otto Brash Winkler joined the army before the war. He served with the Lothian and Border Horse Yeomanry as a trooper before he transferred to the Army Service Corps as a driver. In March 1915, he was gazetted to the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Second Lieutenant. After serving in France, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in August 1916, becoming a pilot in February 1917. Two months later, Winkler was assigned to 48 Squadron as a Bristol Fighter pilot. In less than a month, he and his observer, Ernest Moore, were credited with downing six Albatros D.IIIs before they were shot down near Gavrelle by Lothar von Richthofen and Leutnant Wilhelm Allmenröder of Jasta 11. Crashing just 300 yards beyond the British lines, Winkler and Moore were captured by the Germans.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Apr 1917 48 Bristol F.2a 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) 2  
2 23 Apr 1917 48 Bristol F.2a 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) 3 Vimy
3 24 Apr 1917 48 Bristol F.2a 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) 4 Cagnicourt
4 02 May 1917 1930 48 Bristol F.2a (A3348) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Brebières-Biache
5 02 May 1917 1935 48 Bristol F.2a (A3348) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Brebières-Biache
6 02 May 1917 1940 48 Bristol F.2a (A3348) 1 Albatros D.III (DES) Brebières-Biache

1 Observer 2Lt Ernest Moore
2 Shared with Capt Alan Wilkinson & Lt Laurence Allen
3 Shared with Lt Fred Holliday & Capt Anthony Wall, Lt Roger Hay, Lt William Price & Lt Maurice Benjamin
4 Shared with Fred Holliday & Anthony Wall, Roger Hay
 
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