Conn Standish O'Grady

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Conn Standish O'Grady
Born 4 January 1888
Ireland
Died 1970s
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Captain
Unit No. 23 Squadron RFC
Awards Military Cross

Early life[edit]

Conn Standish O'Grady was born in Ireland[1][2] on 4 January 1888.[3]

World War I[edit]

O'Grady served in 23 Squadron as a Spad pilot. He scored his first aerial victory on 30 April 1917, and accumulated nine wins by the end of August. He was transferred off combat duty to Home Establishment in September 1917.[4] He won a Military Cross for his deeds circa 1 October 1917;[5] it was gazetted 9 January 1918:

2nd Lt. Conn Standish O'Grady, R.F.C., Spec. Res.

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading fighting patrols against superior numbers of enemy aircraft. He has himself brought down three enemy machines completely out of control, and others were seen to be destroyed, and his dash and determination when outnumbered by the enemy have continually won the highest praise."[6]

List of aerial victories[edit]

No. Date/time Aircraft Foe Result Location Notes
1 30 April 1917 @ 1640 hours Spad serial number A262 Albatros D.III Driven down out of control Inchy-en-Artois
2 13 May 1917 @ 1900 hours Spad Albatros D.III Set afire; destroyed Vitry Victory shared with Douglas McGregor
3 24 June 1917 @ 1610 hours Spad s/n B3464 Albatros D.III Set afire; destroyed Saint-Jean[disambiguation needed] Victory shared with William John Charles Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick, George Ivan Douglas Marks
4 12 August 1917 @ 0620 hours Spad B3556 Albatros D.III Destroyed Gheluvelt Victory shared with Clive W. Warman
5 14 August 1917 @ 1905 hours Spad B3556 Albatros D.III Destroyed East of Saint-Julien
6 14 August 1917 @ 1915 hours Spad B3556 Reconnaissance plane Destroyed East of St.-Julien Victory shared with three other pilots
7 20 August 1917 @ 1945 hours Spad B3556 Albatros D.V Set afire; destroyed Poelcappelle
8 26 August 1917 @ 0650 hours Spad B3556 Albatros D.V Driven down out of control North of Passchendaele
9 26 August 1917 @ 0700 hours Spad B3556 Albatros D.V Driven down out of control North of Comines [7][8]

Post World War I[edit]

O'Grady survived the war.[9] He became a professor during the 1930s. He was an active glider pilot as late as the 1950s, belonging to the Newcastle Gliding Club. He died during the 1970s.[10]

References[edit]

Endnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Shores, et al., p. 293.
  2. ^ Guttman, p. 47.
  3. ^ http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=8654096&queryType=1&resultcount=1 Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  4. ^ Shores, et al., p. 293.
  5. ^ (Flight, 4 October 1917, p. 1021.) http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1917/1917%20-%201021.html Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  6. ^ (Supplement to the London Gazette, 9 January 1918, p. 633.) http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30466/supplements/633 Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  7. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/ireland/ogrady.php Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  8. ^ Shores, et al., p. 293.
  9. ^ Guttman, p. 47.
  10. ^ Shores, et al., p. 293.