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Name: George Henry Hackwill
Military Cross (MC) George Henry Hackwill
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 22, 44, 54
Victories: 9
Born: 22 December 1892
Place of Birth: Langtree, Devon, England
Died: 04 July 1954
Place of Death: Rhodesia
The son of William Henry and Lilly (Copp) Hackwill, George Henry Hackwill served with the Somerset Light Infantry before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. 2nd Lieutenant Hackwill received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2292 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Shoreham on 17 December 1915. Posted to 22 Squadron in 1916, he scored 2 victories that year flying the F.E.2b. After serving as an instructor In 1917, Hackwill joined 44 Squadron to fly the Sopwith Camel. His first and only victory with this squadron came in January 1918, when he  and Charles Banks shot down a Gotha bomber (938/16). In March 1918, Hackwill was posted to 54 Squadron where he scored 6 more victories by mid-September. Not included in his final score is the LVG he destroyed on the ground whilst bombing an enemy airfield on 30 October 1918.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. George Henry Hackwill, Gen. List and R.F.C.
Lt. Charles Chaplin Banks, R. Welsh Fus., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry displayed when they engaged and shot down a Gotha raiding London.
   During the engagement, which lasted a considerable time, they were continually under fire from the enemy machine.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Jul 1916 2000 22 F.E.2b (5214) Roland C (DES) 1 W of Beaulencourt
2 20 Oct 1916 0930 22 F.E.2b (4849) Albatros D.I (OOC) 2 Grevillers
3 25 Jan 1918 2210 44 Sopwith Camel (B2402) Gotha G.V (CAP) 3 Wickford
4 25 Apr 1918 0730 54 Sopwith Camel (D6517) LVG C (OOC) SE of Bailleul
5 4 Jul 1918 1430 54 Sopwith Camel (D6479) Hannover C (OOC) Harbonnières
6 5 Jul 1918 1045 54 Sopwith Camel (D6479) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Chuignolles
7 25 Jul 1918 1915 54 Sopwith Camel (D9573) Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Bazoches
8 7 Sep 1918 1910 54 Sopwith Camel (F2144) Halberstadt C (DES) 4 NE of Marquion
9 15 Sep 1918 1840 54 Sopwith Camel (F2144) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Ferin

1 Observer 2Lt W B Parsons
2 Observer AM1 Edwards
3 Shared with Lt Charles Banks (B3827)
4 Shared with Lt Malcolm Burger (E5175), Lt J C MacLennan (F1962), Lt Vandyk (F2063), Lt Berrington (F2129), Lt Fuller (F5932)
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