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Name: Harold Day
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Harold Day [Thanks to Dr. David G. Styles]
Country: Wales
Rank: Flight Sub-Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Units: 8N, 10N (RNAS)
Victories: 11
Born: 17 April 1897
Place of Birth: Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Died: 05 February 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Harnes, France
Cemetery: St. Mary's A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes, Pas de Calais, France
Diving on an Albatros D.V, Harold Day was killed when his Sopwith Camel (N6379) broke up and crashed near Harnes. Günther Schuster of Jasta 29 was credited with shooting him down.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Harold Day, R.N.A.S.
   In recognition of the skill and determination shown by him in aerial combats, in the course of which he has done much to stop enemy artillery machines from working.
   On the 6th January, 1918, he observed a new type enemy aeroplane. He immediately dived to attack, and after a short combat the enemy machine went down very steeply, and was seen to crash.
   On several other occasions he has brought down enemy machines out of control.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Aug 1917 1130 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5437) Albatros D.V (OOC) Wervicq
2 06 Dec 1917 1045 8N Sopwith Camel DFW C (OOC) 1 Loison, SE of Lens
3 27 Dec 1917 1435 8N Sopwith Camel (B6379) DFW C (OOC) 1 Lens-Henin Lietard
4 28 Dec 1917 1100 8N Sopwith Camel (B6379) DFW C (OOC) 1 Vitry
5 04 Jan 1918 1120 8N Sopwith Camel (B3821) C (OOC) N of Bourlon Wood
6 06 Jan 1918 1300 8N Sopwith Camel (B6371) C (DES) Fresnoy
7 22 Jan 1918 1120 8N Sopwith Camel (B6371) Albatros D.V (OOC) Vitry
8 29 Jan 1918 1140 8N Sopwith Camel (B6371) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Scarpe River
9 02 Feb 1918 1130 8N Sopwith Camel (B6371) C (DES) 2 Douai-Ostricourt
10 02 Feb 1918 1215 8N Sopwith Camel (B6371) Albatros D.V (OOC) 2 Carvin
11 05 Feb 1918 1245 8N Sopwith Camel (B6379) Albatros D.V (DES) 3 S of Pont a Vendin

1 Shared with FCdr Guy Price
2 Shared with FCdr Robert Compston, FSL W F Crundall, FSL Reginald Johns
3 Shared with FCdr Roderick MacDonald, FSL Wilfred Sneath, FSL Herbert Fowler
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