|Keith Knox Muspratt|
22 December 1897|
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
|Died||16 March 1918
|Buried at||Bournemouth Cemetery, Wimborne Road, Hampshire|
|Service/branch||Royal Flying Corps|
|Years of service||ca. 1917 - 1918|
|Unit||No. 56 Squadron RFC|
Keith Muspratt was a doctor's son from Bournemouth, Hampshire.
Learning to fly while still at Sherborne School, Muspratt joined the RFC and became an instructor before joining No. 56 Squadron in May 1917. During his service he was credited with eight victories ( 1 captured, 4 destroyed, 1 and 2 shared 'out of control'). His first claim was flying Sopwith-built SE.5 No. A4861, against an Albatros D.III that he helped to force down out of control on 24 May 1917. He added a second out-of-control victory on the 28th, while flying SE.5 No. A8913. On 17 July, he shared another OOC victory flying A8913.
He switched to SE.5 No. 8944, and scored decisively three times in August. Then, on 23 September, he participated in one of the epic air battles of World War I. Werner Voss fought patrols from No. 60 Squadron RFC, and B Flight of 56 Squadron, included Muspratt. During Voss's single-handed battle, he damaged two No. 60 squadron aircraft such that they withdrew from the fight. He also holed the radiator of Muspratt's plane and riddled the wings of another 56 aircraft. Voss finally succumbed to bullets from Arthur Rhys Davids.
Military Cross citation
T./2nd Lt. Keith Knox Muspratt, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great initiative throughout the offensive operations, and seldom failed to become engaged with enemy aircraft when on offensive patrol. He destroyed several hostile machines. He took part in over forty offensive patrols, the majority of which entailed very severe fighting at low altitudes under heavy fire, and he set a magnificent example by his skill, gallantry, and initiative.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 7 March 1918(30561/2927)
- SE5/5a Aces of World War I. p. 12.
- Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I. pp. 21–22.