Lt. Harry Bowen Davies (Observer).
Lt. Horace Norman Young (Pilot).
Whilst engaged during the past month on a bombing raid they observed a large amount of rolling stock at a railway siding. The pilot, Lt. Young, brought his machine down to within 2,000 feet from the ground after releasing his bombs, and Lt. Davies then made an exhaustive reconnaissance of the area, notwithstanding an intense concentration of anti-aircraft and machine-gun fire which the enemy brought to bear upon the machine.
Whilst engaged on this reconnaissance numerous groups of enemy troops engaged on the railway trucks were scattered in all directions by fire from the aeroplane.
On completion of this duty these two officers located a very active enemy anti-aircraft battery, and immediately directed the attention of our artillery thereto, which resulted in silencing it, consequent on an explosion which followed a salvo.
Courage, determination, and ability are the marked qualities of these officers.
Lieut. Harry Bowen Davies, D.F.C.
During recent operations this officer helped to silence an enemy anti-tank battery, and inflicted heavy casualties on troops and transport. On the following day while on contact patrol his pilot was severely wounded. Lieut. Davies took control and brought the machine home safely, having obtained most valuable information as to the position of our patrol. This officer is conspicuous for his courage and coolness in action.
(D.F.C. gazetted 2nd July, 1918.).
Lt. Joseph Leonard Maries White
(late Canadian Machine Gun Corps).
This officer is distinguished for his bravery and dash in action, never hesitating to attack, regardless of the enemy's numerical superiority. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and driven down two out of control. In addition he has carried out most valuable reconnaissance service at low altitudes.
Lt. (T./Capt.) Joseph Leonard Maries White, D.F.C., (Can. M.G.C.).
In company with another pilot this officer recently attacked a hostile formation of fourteen scouts. One of these he shot down in flames, and a second out of control. Captain White not only displays courage and skill of a high order in attacking machines in the air and troops on the ground, but he has rendered excellent service on reconnaissance duty, obtaining most valuable information.
(D.F.C. gazetted 3rd August, 1918.)
Capt. Richard Hilton, M.C. (Royal Garrison Artillery).
An officer who shows remarkable skill and courage in co-operating with our artillery, and in carrying out photographic reconnaissances. He also proved himself a very gallant leader on a recent raid, when he led two low patrols over the lines, attacking with machine-gun fire and heavily bombing enemy reserves. The machine in which he was flying was rendered useless for further service, so intense was the hostile aircraft fire.
Capt. Richard Hilton, M.C., D.F.C., (R.G.A.).
A most courageous and determined officer who has rendered valuable service on low reconnaissances. On August 8th, after dropping bombs to form smoke screens, he was attacked by five scouts; his observer was wounded, but Captain Hilton, flying at an extremely low altitude, with great skill evaded his pursuers and landed safely. His machine was so badly damaged that it had to be replaced.
(D.F.C. gazetted 21st September, 1918. M.C. gazetted 3rd June, 1916.)
Information from various issues of the London Gazette.
Just checked - Hilton's MC was announced in the Gazette as one of the honours bestowed on the occasion of His Majesty's birthday; there was no citation.