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Name: James McKinlay Hargreaves
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) James McKinley Hargreaves
Country: England
Rank: Sergeant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Unit: 11
Victories: 5
Born: 19 January 1883
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: 1963
Place of Death:  
Flight Sergeant James McKinley Hargreaves received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1887 on a Maurice Farman biplane at British Flying School, Le Crotoy, France on 13 October 1915. He was a Vickers Gunbus observer with 11 Squadron and scored five victories flying with Lionel Rees in the latter half of 1915.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
1232 Flight-Serjeant J. Hargreaves, No. 11 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.
   For conspicuous gallantry and skill on several occasions, notably the following: —
   On 21st September, 1915, when in a machine armed with one machine-gun and piloted by Captain Rees, a large German Biplane armed with two machine-guns was sighted 2,000 feet below. Our machine spiralled down and engaged the enemy, who, being faster, manoeuvred to get broadside on and then opened fire. The attack, however, was pressed, and the engine of the enemy's biplane was apparently struck, for after a quick turn it glided down some distance and then fell just inside the German lines. On 31st August Captain Rees, with Flight-Serjeant Hargreaves, fought a powerful German machine for three-quarters of an hour. They then returned for more ammunition and went out again to the attack. Finally the enemy's machine was brought down apparently wrecked.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Jul 1915 11 Vickers F.B.5 (1649) 1 Fokker E (DD)  
2 31 Aug 1915 11 Vickers F.B.5 (1649) 1 LVG C (DES) Achiet le Grand
3 21 Sep 1915 1100 11 Vickers F.B.5 1 AGO C (DD) Herbcourt
4 22 Sep 1915 1730 11 Vickers F.B.5 1 Albatros C (DD) SE of Albert
5 30 Sep 1915 11 Vickers F.B.5 1 Albatros C (CAP) Gommecourt

1 Pilot Lionel Wilmot Brabazon Rees
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