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Name: Richard Burnard Munday Balloon-Buster
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Richard Munday [Thanks to Dr. David G. Styles]
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 8N
Victories: 9
Born: 31 January 1896
Place of Birth: Plymouth
Place of Death:
A medical student, Richard Burnard Munday joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915. In 1916 he served as an instructor at Cranwell, then joined 8 Naval Squadron as a flight commander in 1917. Scoring 9 victories, Munday became proficient at attacking and destroying enemy balloons at night.

Listed as Richard Bernard Munday in the London Gazette.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Cdr. Richard Bernard Munday, R.N.A.S.
   For courage and initiative. Offensive patrol under his able and determined leadership have consistently engaged enemy aircraft, and he has displayed the utmost courage in carrying out special missions alone, both by day and by night.
   On the 21st February, 1918, he attacked a new type enemy two-seater machine. The enemy machine dived steeply east, and Flt. Cdr. Munday followed and closed in, firing a long burst at close range, after which the enemy went down vertically out of control.
   On other occasions he has brought down enemy machines completely out of control, and has set fire to and destroyed enemy kite balloons both by day and night. On one occasion he attacked an enemy kite balloon at night, and destroysd both the balloon and its shed by fire.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 18 Aug 1917 1830 8N Sopwith Triplane (N5421) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Henin-Lietard
2 02 Sep 1917 2000 8N Sopwith Camel (B3921) Balloon (DES) Quiery la Motte
3 29 Sep 1917 2200 8N Sopwith Camel (B3921) Balloon (DES) Brebières
4 03 Oct 1917 abt 2300 8N Sopwith Camel Balloon (DES) Douai
5 07 Nov 1917 0610 8N Sopwith Camel (B3921) Balloon (DES) N of Meurchin
6 21 Jan 1918 1900 8N Sopwith Camel (B6378) Balloon (DES) Godault Farm
7 29 Jan 1918 1510 8N Sopwith Camel (B6378) Albatros D.V (OOC) Beaumont-Auby
8 03 Feb 1918 1230 8N Sopwith Camel (B6378) Albatros D.V (OOC) Vitry
9 21 Feb 1918 1130 8N Sopwith Camel (B7197) C (OOC) Drocourt

1 Shared with FCdr Charles Booker and FSL Edward Crundall
2 Shared with SCdr Christopher Draper
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