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Name: Harry Noel Cornforth Robinson
Military Cross
Croix de Guerre [France]
Harry Robinson
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 46, 70
Victories: 10
Born: 25 December 1898
Place of Birth: West Hartlepool, Durham
Place of Death:  
Robinson joined the Royal Flying Corps in March 1917. Later that year, he was posted to 46 Squadron where he flew the Sopwith Pup before his unit was re-equipped with the Sopwith Camel. After scoring 8 victories and receiving a promotion to Captain, Robinson was reassigned to 70 Squadron in the spring of 1918 and scored 2 more victories as a Flight Commander.
Military Cross (MC)
"T./2nd Lt. Harry Noel Cornforth Robinson, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While on an offensive patrol he had trouble with his petrol pressure and was forced to turn back towards our lines. On his way back he saw seven enemy scouts attacking two of our artillery machines. He immediately dived on to the enemy and drove one of them down. During this operation one of his guns jammed. The enemy still continued the attack and he again dived on them, but his remaining gun also jammed. Though both his guns were out of action and he had very little petrol left, he continued to dive on the enemy repeatedly and eventually drove them away. He showed splendid courage and resource."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Dec 1917 1200 46 Sopwith Camel (B2429) C (CAP) W of Havrincourt
2 11 Mar 1918 1645 46 Sopwith Camel (B5425) Albatros D.V (OOC) Dury
3 21 Mar 1918 1200 46 Sopwith Camel (B9158) Albatros D.V (OOC) 57C E20
4 22 Mar 1918 1730 46 Sopwith Camel (B9158) Albatros C (DES) Hendecourt
5 22 Mar 1918 1800 46 Sopwith Camel (B9158) LVG C (OOC) Bullecourt
6 23 Mar 1918 1000 46 Sopwith Camel (B5425) LVG C (DES) Vaulx
7 23 Mar 1918 1005 46 Sopwith Camel (B5425) LVG C (OOC) Vaulx
8 24 Mar 1918 1630 46 Sopwith Camel (B5425) Albatros C (DES) Sailly-Saillisel
9 06 Apr 1918 1545 70 Sopwith Camel (C8217) Albatros C (OOC) Bray
10 15 May 1918 0700 70 Sopwith Camel (C8217) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 57D R4
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