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Name: Richard Aveline Maybery
Military Cross (MC) and Bar Richard Maybery
Country: Wales
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 56
Victories: 21
Born: 10 July 1895
Place of Birth: Brecon, Powys
Died: 19 December 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Haynecourt, France
Cemetery: Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery, Nord, France
Memorial: The Priory Church, Brecon, Powys
 
 
Richard Aveline Maybery, the son of Aveline and Lucy Maybery of The Priory, Brecon, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps after serving with the 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers. Upon completing his training, he was posted to 56 Squadron in June 1917. He quickly proved to be one of the best pilots in the unit, scoring 6 victories in the month of July. One month after he assumed command of A Flight, Maybery scored his 21st victory over Bourlon Wood, downing an Albatros D.V. As he followed the burning plane to the ground, Maybery's S.E.5a was hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashing 600 yards south of the village of Hayecourt. He was buried where he fell by members of K-Flakbatterie 108. Ever cheerful and extremely popular, Maybery's death was a tragic blow to the members of 56 Squadron.
De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Richard Aveline Maybery, Lrs. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. After attacking two aerodromes in succession at very low altitudes, and inflicting considerable damage, he attacked and dispersed a number of mounted men and then attacked a goods train. He next attacked and shot down a hostile machine at 500 feet, and before returning attacked a passenger train. On numerous occasions he has attacked, single handed, large hostile formations and set a fine example by his gallantry and determination.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
Lt. Richard Aveline Maybery, M.C., Lrs. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as leader of offensive patrols for three months, during which he personally destroyed nine enemy aeroplanes and drove down three out of control. On one occasion, having lost his patrol, he attacked a formation of eight enemy aeroplanes. One was seen to crash and two others went down, out of control, the formation being completely broken up.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 Jul 1917 0830-0915 56 S.E.5a (A8934) Albatros D.V (OOC) Henin-Lietard
2 12 Jul 1917 2000-2030 56 S.E.5a (A8934) Albatros D.V (DES) Dadizeele
3 16 Jul 1917 1815-1915 56 S.E.5a (A8934) Albatros D.V (OOC) Polygon Wood
4 23 Jul 1917 1945-2045 56 S.E.5a (A8934) Albatros D.V (DES) Moorslede
5 27 Jul 1917 1930-2045 56 S.E.5a (A8934) Albatros D.III (OOC) NE of Roulers
6 31 Jul 1917 0445-0615 56 S.E.5a (A8934) C (DES) Welveghem
7 10 Aug 1917 1845-2015 56 S.E.5a (B502) Albatros D.III (DES) S of Roulers
8 10 Aug 1917 1845-2015 56 S.E.5a (B502) Albatros D.III (DES) 1 N of Houthoulst Forest
9 22 Aug 1917 1845-1930 56 S.E.5a (A4859) Albatros D.V (DES) Clerkavenhoek
10 03 Sep 1917 1845-1915 56 S.E.5a (B508) Albatros D.V (DES) 2 Houthem
11 05 Sep 1917 1815-1915 56 S.E.5a (B508) Albatros D.V (DES) Moorslede
12 10 Sep 1917 1740-1845 56 S.E.5a (B508) Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Houthoulst Forest
13 10 Sep 1917 1740-1845 56 S.E.5a (B508) Albatros D.V (OOC) Zonnebeke-Moorslede
14 30 Sep 1917 1700-1800 56 S.E.5a (B528) Pfalz D.III (DES) W of Roulers
15 02 Oct 1917 1030-1145 56 S.E.5a (B542) Albatros D.III (DES) Rollechemcapelle
16 28 Oct 1917 0830-0855 56 S.E.5a (B511) Albatros D.V (DES) Dadizeele
17 31 Oct 1917 0855-1115 56 S.E.5a (B595) Albatros D.III (OOC) E of Ledeghem
18 31 Oct 1917 1445 56 S.E.5a (B595) Albatros D.V (DES) SW of Roulers
19 30 Nov 1917 56 S.E.5a (B501) Albatros D.V (DES) Bourlon Wood
20 30 Nov 1917 56 S.E.5a (B501) Albatros D.V (DES) Bourlon Wood
21 19 Dec 1917 1250 56 S.E.5a (B506) Albatros D.V (DES) Bourlon Wood

1 Shared with Lt V P Cronyn (B504)
2 Shared with 2Lt Arthur Rhys Davids
 
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