Rupert Atkinson (RAF officer)
|Rupert Norman Gould Atkinson|
17 July 1896|
|Died||7 March 1919
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
|Buried at||Church of St Peter, Great Berkhamsted|
Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
|Years of service||1914–1919|
|Unit||15th Middlesex Regiment
10 Squadron RFC
98 Squadron RAF
206 Squadron RAF
90 Squadron RAF
|Battles/wars||World War I
• Kamerun Campaign
• Western Front (World War I)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Croix de Guerre (Belgium)
Rupert Atkinson was born in Shanghai, China, the elder son of John Brenan Atkinson and Amelie Sophie Gould. He was educated at Orley Farm School, Harrow, and at Marlborough College, Wiltshire. He was enrolled at Pembroke College, Cambridge in June 1914, and joined the 16th (Public Schools) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment in September.
On 2 December 1914 he received his commission as a temporary Second Lieutenant in the 15th Middlesex Regiment. On 28 July 1915, he was sent to Cameroon, where he was attached to the West African Frontier Force in the Kamerun Campaign. Atkinson was eventually invalided back to England, arriving at Liverpool aboard the SS Mendi on 2 April 1916.
- Temporary Captain Rupert Norman Gould Atkinson, General List and RFC.
- For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer has done a large amount of successful artillery work, has taken part in many night bombing raids, and has continually distinguished himself by his fearlessness and determination in descending to low altitudes in order to attack hostile infantry and machine guns. On one occasion, also, he successfully attacked and drove down a hostile balloon.
On 2 November 1918 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross:
- Captain Rupert Norman Gould Atkinson, MC.
- A gallant and determined officer whose services over the lines since May last in long-distance and photographic reconnaissances, and as leader of bomb raids, have been of a very high order. On a recent occasion, when on solitary photographic reconnaissance at 15,000 feet, his machine was attacked by eight Fokker biplanes; one of these he shot down.
|1||19 May 1918||98 Sqn.||D.H.9 (B7657)||Fokker Dr.I||NW. of Roulers|
|3||30 August 1918||206 Sqn.||D.H.9 (D1718)||Fokker D.VII||Nieppe|
|4||4 September 1918||Balloon||Frelinghien|
|5||14 October 1918||D.H.9 (D569)||Fokker D.VII||Lendelede|
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- The London Gazette: . 16 October 1917.
- The London Gazette: . 5 March 1918.
- The London Gazette: . 1 November 1918.
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- The London Gazette: . 30 May 1919.
- The London Gazette: . 11 July 1919.