62 RAF Squadron Awards 1918
18 May 1918
(T/Capt.) Geoffrey Forrest Hughes, RFC Spec Res
conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While leading his
formation over the enemys lines he was attacked by twelve enemy
machines, two of which he shot down. On the following day, when in
charge of a patrol, he attacked seven enemy tri-planes, drove one
down out of control, and forced three others to land. On another
occasion, while in charge of a patrol, he was attacked by a large
number of enemy scouts; owing to his skilful flying his observer
succeeded in shooting down one of the enemy machines which broke up
in the air. He always showed the greatest coolness and courage in
action, and, as a flight commander, led his formation with splendid
courage and determination.
3 June 1918
Geoffrey Forrest Hughes, MC (Aus Inf)
22 June 1918
(T/Capt.) Thomas Laurence Purdom, KOSB and RFC
conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He attacked and
shot down a hostile scout, and when himself attacked by a second
scout, he shot the latter down out of control also. He has in
addition to these destroyed four enemy machines within a month. He
has shown the most exceptional gallantry and daring in engaging enemy aircraft.
22 June 1918
Lt. John Rutherford Gordon,
Aust F.C. attd RFC
conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when as an observer on an
offensive patrol, he shot down and destroyed three hostile machines.
Previous to this he had shot down twp enemy tri-planes, one of which
crashed to the ground in flames. He has also effectively and
repeatedly scattered massed bodies of enemy troops by accurate
shooting from a height of 100 feet. His skill and daring have been of
the highest order.
22 June 1918
William Ernest Staton, Gen List and RFC
conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion,
when on offensive patrol, he, by skilful handling of his machine and
accurate shooting destroyed two enemy aeroplanes and brought down a
third out of control. In addition, during the nine days previous to
this, he had destroyed five other enemy machines, two of these being
tri-planes. The services which he has rendered have been
exceptionally brilliant, and his skill and determination are
deserving of the highest praise.
21 September 1918
(T/Capt.) William Ernest Staton, MC
has already been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry
and devotion to duty. Since this award he has accounted for
eleven enemy aeroplanes - nine destroyed and two shot down out of
control. He has proved himself a most efficient flight commander and
an enterprising leader, setting a very fine example to his squadron.
3 December 1918
Bar to DFC:
(A/Capt.) William Ernest Staton, MC, DFC
has already been awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished
Flying Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
Since his last award he has destroyed five enemy machines and driven
down one out of control. His example of courage and resource is a
fine incentive to the other pilots of his squadron.
26 July 1918
Charles Henry Arnison, (Gloucs Hussars) Gen List attd RAF
conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has destroyed four
enemy aircraft and driven down four others completely out of control.
He has always shown the greatest skill, keeness and gallantry, and
has been largely instrumental in the fine achievements of his squadron.
26 July 1918
Douglas Alfred Savage, (R Warks R) Gen List and RAF
conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty especially on the
following occasions. When on patrol attacked a formation of enemy
aeroplanes, crashing one, while another fell to pieces in the air
after a short combat. Attacked an Albatross, which he set on fire,
and drove another down out of control. Attacked many ground
targets from low altitudes.
(A/Capt.) George Everard Gibbons (N Staffs R) RAF
conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has lately destroyed
three enemy machines and driven down others out of control. He has
always shown great gallantry and keenness, and has commanded his
flight with distinction, performing invaluable services in training
young officers in the squadron.
3 December 1918
(A/Capt.) George Everard Gibbons, MC (N
Staffs R) RAF
On 4th August,
when leading a patrol, his formation was attacked by twenty enemy
aeroplanes. Seeing one of our Bristol fighters, in difficulties with
its propellor, being attacked by one of the enemy machines, he dived
and drove it down to crash; when climbing back to join his formation
his observer shot down another enemy machine. In addition to the
foregoing Capt Gibbons has destroyed four enemy aeroplanes and driven
down three out of control. The gallantry in action he invariably
displays sets an inspiriting example to those with whom he serves.
1918 (pub. 1 Nov)
(T/Capt.) Ernest Theophilus Morrow
On the 22nd
August, whilst leading an offensive patrol, this officer attacked ten
Fokker biplanes and Pfalz Scouts, driving down one in flames. In the
engagement he was wounded, and became unconscious; re-gaining
consciousness, he found that his machine had got into a spin and was
on fire. With supreme effort, although very weak, he succeeded in
landing within our lines, where he was with great difficulty
extricated from the burning machine. A bold and determine officer,
who has destroyed four enemy aeroplanes and driven down two out of control.
Louis Thompson, Morrow's Observer, pulled him out of the burning
aircraft on 22 August and was recommended for a DFC. He had
previously been recommended for a DFC but was not in the end recognised.
5 May 1918
6391 Sgt. F.
Johnson, D.C.M., R.A.F.For conspicuous
devotion to duty in encounters with enemy
with the following results :Attacked and crashed
a Pfalz scout,
drove down an Albatross out of control. On
occasions he had destroyed four enemy aeroplanes
three down out of control.
gazetted April 26th, 1917.)
12 June 1918
(pub 11 Jun)
the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the
Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the under mentioned
Non-commissioned Officers and men: -
W N Holmes RAF (Selby)