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Name: Cyril Burfield Ridley
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Cyril Burfield Ridley
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 1N (RNAS)
201 (RAF)
Victories: 11
Born: 15 January 1895
Place of Birth:

Esher, Surrey

Died: 17 May 1920 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Cologne, Germany
Cemetery: Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany Image
An aeronautical engineer and the son of Douglas and Victoria Ridley, Cyril Burfield Ridley received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2474 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Hall School, Hendon on 20 February 1916. In 1920, whilst serving with 12 Squadron in Cologne, Germany, he was killed in a mid-air collision with John De Pencier.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
"Flt. Lieut. (Actg. Flt. Cdr.) Cyril Burfield Ridley, R.N.A.S.
   For distinguished services as a pilot and for courage in low-flying expeditions during which he attacked enemy trenches with machine-gun fire from a height of 30 feet.
   On the 9th March, 1918, he attacked a formation of enemy scouts, selecting one which was attacking one of our machines. The enemy aircraft dived down with a quantity of smoke issuing from it, but appeared to flatten out at 2,000 feet and disappeared in the mist.
   He has previously destroyed several enemy machines, and has at all times led his flight with great skill and courage."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Apr 1917 1150 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5437) Albatros D.III (OOC) 1 Villers les Cagnicourt
2 17 Jul 1917 2005 1N Sopwith Triplane (N6304) Albatros D.V (OOC) 4m E of Messines
3 14 Aug 1917 0840 1N Sopwith Triplane (N6296) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of Ypres
4 10 Sep 1917 1705 1N Sopwith Triplane (N5436) DFW C (OOC) 2 Zillebeke
5 06 Dec 1917 1100 1N Sopwith Camel (B6418) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Passchendaele
6 12 Mar 1918 1315 1N Sopwith Camel (B7248) Balloon (DES) Ypres
7 08 Apr 1918 0645 201 Sopwith Camel (B7248) Balloon (DES) E of Boyelles
8 02 May 1918 1250 201 Sopwith Camel (B7248) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Villers Brettoneaux
9 06 May 1918 1920 201 Sopwith Camel (B7248) Fokker DR.I (DES) S of Albert
10 30 Jun 1918 0815 201 Sopwith Camel (B7248) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Pozieres
11 04 Jul 1918 1915 201 Sopwith Camel (B7248) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Foucaucourt

1 Shared with FSL Herbert Rowley
2 Shared with FCdr Forster Maynard, FSL E Anthony (N6296), FSL H V Rowley (N5373), FSL Cecil Brock, FSL G B G Scott (N5455), FLt H L Everett (N6308), FSL Anthony Spence
3 Shared with FCdr Herbert Rowley
4 Shared with Capt Douglast Bell
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