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Name: Robert Leslie Chidlaw-Roberts
Military Cross (MC) Robert Chidlaw-Roberts
Country: Wales
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 2, 18, 40, 60
Victories: 10
Born: 09 May 1896
Place of Birth: Towyn, Wales
Died: 01 June 1989
Place of Death: Winchester, Hampshire
 
 
Robert Leslie Chidlaw-Roberts joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2527 on 23 Jan 1916. For several months, he flew combat missions over the Western Front as an observer. After flight training, he was assigned to 60 Squadron and began flying the S.E.5a. In an historic dogfight on 23 September 1917, he was almost shot down by Werner Voss shortly before Voss was shot down by Arthur Rhys Davids. On 9 January 1918, Chidlaw-Roberts and two other pilots shot down an Albatros D.V flown by Max von Müller.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Robert Leslie Chidlaw-Roberts, Hants. R. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He constantly attacked superior numbers of enemy aeroplanes. On one occasion he repeatedly attacked five enemy machines, driving among them and attacking each in turn at short ranges. On three other occasions he brought down enemy machines. He showed great skill and courage.
 
Opponents
#9 Max von MüllerGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Sep 1917 1645 60 S.E.5a (B4864) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Menin
2 16 Sep 1917 1830 60 S.E.5a (A8932) Albatros D.III (DESF) S of Houthem
3 21 Sep 1917 1815 60 S.E.5a (A8932) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 Langemarck
4 21 Sep 1917 1816 60 S.E.5a (A8932) C (DES) 1 Langemarck
5 22 Sep 1917 1045 60 S.E.5a (A8932) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 SE of Zonnebeke
6 18 Nov 1917 1105 60 S.E.5a (B536) DFW C (DES) 2 NE of Westroosebeke
7 23 Nov 1917 1010 60 S.E.5a (B536) Albatros D.V (DES) W of Dadizeele
8 03 Jan 1918 1240 60 S.E.5a (C5311) C (DESF) 3 Comines-Menin
9 09 Jan 1918 1145 60 S.E.5a (B626) Albatros D.V (DESF) 4 Moorslede
10 29 Sep 1918 1340 40 S.E.5a (E4086) Balloon (DES) 5 NE of Cambrai

1 Shared with Lt I O Whiting (B4864)
2 Shared with Capt H A Hammersley (B539)
3 Shared with 2Lt C F Cunningham (B626)
4 Shared with Capt Frank Soden, Capt G Zimmer & 2Lt H Somerville
5 Shared with 2Lt G S Smith (E3946), Lt Field (E4037)
 
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