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Name: Clive Wilson Warman
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Clive Warman
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 23
Victories: 12
Born: 30 May 1892
Place of Birth: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Died: 12 May 1919 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: London, England
Cemetery: Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England
 
 
A civil engineer from Norfolk, Virginia, Clive Wilson Warman enlisted in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry at Valcartier, Canada on 5 September 1914. With this regiment he was wounded in action in the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915. After recovering from his wounds, Warman was assigned to a mechanical transport unit and served in Ireland during the Easter Rebellion. In the summer of 1916 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and after training he served as an instructor at Turnberry. He was sent to France on 13 June 1917 and joined 23 Squadron three days later. On 16 August 1917, flying a SPAD VII, Warman shot down a two-seater and a balloon before engaging three German scouts. When his machine gun jammed and couldn't be cleared, he threw his gun mallet at his opponents and resumed the fight with his flare pistol. For his actions, Warman was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). He was the only American to receive this award during World War I. While serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Warman died from injuries sustained in a crash over the Edmonton sewage farm on 8 May 1919.
Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England
Find A Grave Memorial# 17667008
Aerial Age Weekly, Volume 8, Issue 2
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
2nd Lt. Clive Wilson Warman, M.C., Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During two days, whilst operating under very difficult conditions in high wind and against strong hostile opposition, he destroyed three enemy machines and a balloon. He displayed the greatest dash and fearlessness in attacking an enemy aerodrome, and on one occasion, when separated from his patrol, and surrounded by 20 hostile machines, he fought his way through, although his machine gun was useless, by attacking them with his "Very" pistol; eventually regaining his own aerodrome with his machine much shot about. His wonderful coolness and courage have on all occasions been beyond praise.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Clive Wilson Warman, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has on all occasions proved himself to be an exceptionally skilful and gallant pilot, having in the space of six weeks brought down six machines and destroyed a hostile balloon. He has also driven down at least five other enemy machines, displaying a consistent determination to attack at close range regardless of personal danger.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Jul 1917 1520 23 SPAD VII (B1698) Albatros D.III (DES) Thorout
2 13 Jul 1917 23 SPAD VII Rumpler C (DES) Comines
3 27 Jul 1917 2025 23 SPAD VII (B1581) Albatros D.III (OOC) Menin
4 31 Jul 1917 1215 23 SPAD VII (B1581) Albatros D.III (DES) SW of Westroosebeke
5 09 Aug 1917 23 SPAD VII Balloon (DES)  
6 12 Aug 1917 0620 23 SPAD VII (B1581) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 Gheluvelt
7 12 Aug 1917 1245 23 SPAD VII (B1698) Albatros D.V (DES) E of Polygon Wood
8 15 Aug 1917 1825 23 SPAD VII Albatros D.V (DES) Houthoulst Forest
9 15 Aug 1917 2000 23 SPAD VII Albatros D.V (OOC) Zonnebeke
10 16 Aug 1917 0450 23 SPAD VII DFW C (DES) Bevern aerodrome
11 16 Aug 1917 0500 23 SPAD VII Balloon (DES) Passchendaele
12 18 Aug 1917 1940 23 SPAD VII (B1581) Albatros D.V (DES) Passchendaele

1 Shared with Lt Conn Standish O'Grady
 
Books
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
In Clouds of Glory: American Airmen Who Flew With The British During The Great War
by James J. Hudson / Paperback / University of Arkansas Press (October 1, 1990)
SPAD VII Aces of World War 1
by Jon Guttman / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (August 25, 2001)
 
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