While Farmer's assertion is consistent with the social class values
prevalent at the time, it is incorrect. NCO airmen were credited
with the victories for which they were responsible; examples such
as Sgt. Ernest John Elton, 22 Squadron, 16 victories; Sgt. Frank
Johnson, 22, 20 & 62 Squadrons, 16 victories; Cpl. Malcolm Mather,
20 Squadron, 8 victories; Sgt. Jack Mason, 11 Squadron, 5 victories;
and so on. Elton and Johnson were Sgt. Pilots; Mather and Mason
were observers. For more names and details, refer to Norman Franks'
ABOVE THE WAR FRONTS
(Grub Street, London, 1997) for all pilot
and observer aces of the British air services in the Great War.