The son of Joseph B. and Annie Mary Kitto, Francis Mansel Kitto joined the Welsh Regiment and was attached to the Royal Flying Corps. He was promoted to Temporary 2nd Lieutenant and transferred to the General List on 9 November 1916. With 43 Squadron in 1917, he scored three victories flying the Sopwith 1½ Strutter. On 1 December 1917, Lieutenant Kitto was appointed Flight Commander. With 54 Squadron in 1918, he scored six more victories flying the Sopwith Camel.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Military Cross (MC)
T. /Capt. Francis Mansel Kitto, Gen. List, and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While engaged in attacking ground targets with machine-gun fire and bombs he observed a large party of troops, amongst whom he dropped the remainder of his bombs with the most excellent results. On a later occasion he attacked a formation of enemy scouts, and having caused one of these to crash to the ground, he pursued another and, attacked it eleven miles behind the enemy's lines, bringing it to the ground and destroying it. In addition to these he has shot down two other hostile machines, and has shown throughout, the greatest determination and dash.