Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Kent, England
14 September 1916 - with 2nd Lt A G Knight, shot down a Fokker in flames at 20:45 near Manancourt
30 September 1916 - shot down an Albatros scout out of control at 09:45 at Grévillers
4 February 1917 - with 2nd Lt S C H Begbie shot down a two-seater out of control at 13:15 over Templeux
6 February 1917 - shot down a two-seater out of control at 14:15 over Velu
2 April 1917 - shot down an Albatros scout that crashed at 08:50 near Gouzeaucourt
25 May 1917 - shot down an Albatros scout that crashed at 11:45 near Ligny
2 August 1918 - as a Flight Commander with No 151 Sqn RAF, attacked a Gotha bomber at 00:45 east of Guizancourt, believed to have crashed.
He was a Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Belgium (awarded as per the London Gazette of 24 September 1917), received the Belgian Croix de Guerre (as per the London Gazette of 11 March 1918) and the Air Force Cross (per the London Gazette of 12 July 1920).
From "Flight" of 13 May 1920:
LORD NORTHCLIFFE presided at a luncheon given at Printing House Square on May 7 in celebration of the attempt, organised by The Times, to make the first flight from Cairo to the Cape. Those sitting at the Chairman's table included—Dr. P. Chalmers Mitchell, C.B.E., F.R.S., who made the journey in the dual capacity of a representative of The Times and of a scientific observer; Capt. S. Cockerell and Capt. F. C. Broome, D.F.C., the pilots; and Sgt.-Maj. James Wyatt and Mr. Claude Corby, the mechanic and rigger.
It will be recalled that the Vickers-Vimy-Rolls-Commercial aeroplane in which the party travelled left the aerodrome at Brooklands on January 24 and crashed at Tabora on February 27, after a series of undeserved misfortunes.
Among those present were Maj.-Gen. Sir F. H. Sykes, Maj.- Gen. Sir Edward Northey, Commander Sir Trevor Dawson, R.N., Air-Commodore E. M. Maitland, C.M.G., D.S.O., Wing-Com. H. A. Van Ryneveld, D.S.O., M.C., Flight-Lieut.
C. J. Q. Brand, D.S.O., D.F.C., M.C., Sir Robert Coryndon, Brig.-Gen. G. Livingston, C.M.G., Lieut.-Col. W. O. Raikes, Sir W. Joynson-Hicks, M.P., Sir Alan Anderson, Sir Francis Barker, Sir Vincent Caillard, Sir William Towle, Sir George Sutton, Sir Campbell Stuart, K.B.E., Sir Andrew Caird, Brig.-Gen. W. B. Caddell, Mr. Douglas Vickers, M.P., Col. Beatty, Mr. A. C. Hollis, C.M.G., O.B.E., Maj. G. H. Scott, A.F.C., Mr. R. A. Blankenberg, O.B.E., Mr. Handley Page, Mr. Frederic Coudert, Mr. Max Pemberton, Mr. L. J. Maxse, Mr. A. Hunt, Capt. P. D. Acland, Mr. Herbert Kaufman, Mr. T. Marlowe, Mr. R. K. Pierson, M.B.E., Mr. A. Butes, Mr. John Walter and Mr. H. Wickham Steed.
There was also a photo with the caption "The silver model, to scale, of the Vickers-Vimy-Rolls aeroplane presented to Dr. Chalmers Mitchell by The Times to commemorate the first attempt to fly from Cairo to the Cape. Four smaller models of the machine were presented to the pilots and mechanics, Capt. S. Cockerell, Capt. F. C. Broome, D.F.C., Sergt.-Major James Wyatt, and Mr. Claude Corby. All these beautiful models are the work of the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company of Regent Street."
The place where he landed after his combat on 10 October 1916 was Méaulte, about 1.5 miles south-south-east of Albert and about 15 miles south-west of Beugny.