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Name: Anthony Rex Arnold
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Croix de Guerre [Belgium]
Anthony Arnold
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 8N (RNAS)
79 (RAF)
Victories: 5
Born: 26 August 1896
Place of Birth: Tattenhall, Cheshire
Died: 25 May 1954
Place of Death: Mozambique
The son of Rev. Charles Lowther and Mary Delamere Arnold, Anthony Rex Arnold was the great-great-grandson of American Revolutionary War general Benedict Arnold. He was confirmed as Flight Sub-Lieutenant on 1 August 1914 and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 876 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Central Flying School, Upavon on 21 August 1914. Flying the Sopwith Triplane, Arnold scored five victories with Naval 8 before assuming command of 79 Squadron.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 08 Apr 1917 1530 8N Sopwith Triplane (N5477) Albatros D.III (OOC) Beaumont
2 21 Apr 1917 1845 8N Sopwith Triplane (N5458) Albatros D.III (CAP) 1 Thelus-Vitry
3 21 Apr 1917 1850 8N Sopwith Triplane (N5458) Albatros D.III (DESF) Thelus
4 03 May 1917 1810 8N Sopwith Triplane (N6290) Albatros D.III (OOC) Henin-Lietard
5 13 Jun 1917 2000 8N Sopwith Triplane (N6290) Albatros D.V (OOC) Douai

1 Shared with Reginald Malcolm and 2Lt J B Weir
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