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Name: Percy Wilson
Military Cross (MC)
Croix de Guerre [France]
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 28
Victories: 7
Born: 11 April 1895
Place of Birth: Edge Hill, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Place of Death:  
The son of William and Margaret Wilson, Percy Wilson was born on 11 April 1895 in Edge Hill and baptised on 15 May 1895 in the Church of England at St. Catherine. His father managed a public house at the Ranelagh Hotel, Chester Street, Birkenhead. The 1911 England Census lists Percy Wilson, aged 16, employed as a servant (groom) in Chester, Cheshire, but the birthplace is given as Birkenhead, Cheshire. Percy joined the Royal Engineers in 1914 (service number 54064) and rose to the rank of Corporal. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 17 May 1917. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Wilson embarked for France on 12 October 1917 and was posted to 28 Squadron on the following day. Promoted to Flight Commander and Acting Captain on 27 February 1918, Wilson remained with 28 Squadron until he was posted to Home Establishment on 1 June 1918. A passenger list for a ship arriving in New York City on 19 December 1919 shows Percy at age 24, a British citizen, an engineer, with a destination of Detroit, Michigan. His R.F.C. service record is available at the National Archives, Kew, referencing WO 339/107150; his Medal Index Card is also available, confirming his service with the Royal Engineers and the R.F.C., referencing WO 372/22/9988.

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Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Percy Wilson, R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in destroying six enemy aeroplanes and driving down three more out of control. He also destroyed an enemy balloon, which fell in flames.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Jan 1918 1145 28 Sopwith Camel (B6363) C (DES) St. Fior di Sopra
2 04 Feb 1918 1005 28 Sopwith Camel (B6363) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 km S of Motta
3 27 Feb 1918 1030 28 Sopwith Camel (B5183) C (DES) Nerversa
4 03 May 1918 0915 28 Sopwith Camel (B5187) Albatros D.V (DES) Mount Santo
5 10 May 1918 1425 28 Sopwith Camel (B6363) Balloon (DES) Mareno
6 11 May 1918 1000 28 Sopwith Camel (B6363) Albatros D.V (DESF) Follina
7 19 May 1918 0715 28 Sopwith Camel (B6363) Albatros D.V (165.64) (DESF) Arsie
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