18 August 2001, 05:20 PM
Join Date: Aug 2001
Regrettably I can only provide a couple of small pieces of information, none of which deal directly with your main questions.
Captain Saunders is referenced a couple of times in
ROYAL FLYING CORPS COMMUNIQUES 1915 -1916, Christopher Cole
Nov. 27 1915, while flying a 1 Squadron Morane, he encountered and chased off 2 Albatros aircraft in separate incidents.
Feb. 29 1916, while flying a 1 Squadron Morane Parasol with 2 Lt. Joske, Capt. Saunders joined in on an attack on an unspecified enemy machine. The account indicates that fire from the Morane disabled or killed the enemy gunner and set the machine on fire. I do not know if credit was given.
There are also earlier references to a Lt. Saunders of 3 Squadron. These were both Morane squadrons so it MIGHT be the same chap.
Sept. 25 1915, a Lt. Saunders, probably flying as an observer, was involved in an artillery shoot. They were heavily fired on from the ground and " were also attacked for 20 minutes by an hostile machine armed with a machine-gun, but which they kept off with a pistol." Both pilot and observer were slightly injured.
Nov. 10 1915, a Lt. Saunders flying a 3 Squadron Morane Parasol, in separate incidents on the same flight, chased off a couple of Albatros and a "Condor".
Note that if this is the same chap he got his promotion between Nov 10 - 27 1915 and was posted from 3 Squadron to 1 Squadron. More research required.
Hope this is of some use.