Alan John Lance Scott

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Alan John Lance Scott
Alan John Lance Scott.jpg
Scott in Royal Air Force uniform
Nickname(s) Jack
Born (1883-06-29)29 June 1883
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 16 January 1922(1922-01-16) (aged 38)
London, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Royal Air Force
Rank Group Captain
Commands held Central Flying School (1917–18)
No. 60 Squadron RFC (1917)
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Military Cross
Air Force Cross

Group Captain Alan John Lance Scott, CB, MC, AFC (29 June 1883 – 16 January 1922) was an officer in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force during the First World War and the following years.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Scott was born in Christchurch, New Zealand,[2] on 29 June 1883[3] and was originally an officer in the British Army's Sussex Yeomanry, later transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. Scott never became a very good pilot; in fact, in training, he crashed and broke both legs. He continued training on canes, and had to be assisted into the cockpit. However, he was a pugnacious dogfighter whose solo missions sometimes got him into trouble. For instance, on 28 May 1917, he survived being Leutnant Karl Allmenröder's 21st victory.[4]

In July 1917 Scott was awarded the Military Cross:

Capt. (temp Maj.) Alan John Lance Scott Yeo., and R.F.C. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has on several occasions attacked and destroyed enemy aircraft and taken successful photographs under heavy fire. He has constantly shown the greatest courage in attacking numerous hostile machines single-handed, during which on two occasions his own machine was considerably damaged. His great coolness, dash, and resource have set an excellent example to his squadron.[5]

Scott was a flight commander on No. 43 Squadron RFC until 10 March 1917 when he took up command of No. 60 Squadron RFC. He remained as No. 60 Squadron's commander until 11 July 1917, the day after he was wounded in action.[6]

From some time in 1917 to 1918, Scott was the Commandant of the Central Flying School.[7] Notably, Scott acted as Winston Churchill's flying instructor.[8] In 1920, Scott's book "Sixty Squadron RAF: A history of the squadron from its formation" was published.[9]

Scott died on 16 January 1922 in London, England aged 38.[2]



  1. ^ TheHistoryNet | Aerial Combat | William "Billy" Bishop: World War I Canadian Ace Fighter Pilot
  2. ^ a b Alan John Lance Scott
  3. ^ "Birth search". Births, deaths & marriages online. Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915–1920. p. 333. 
  5. ^ London Gazette Issue 30204 24 July 1917
  6. ^ Nieuport Aces of World War 1.. p. 30. 
  7. ^ The Royal Air Force – History Section
  8. ^ The Churchill Papers: A catalogue
  9. ^ Search Results


  • Above the Trenches: a Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915–1920. Christopher F. Shores, Norman L. R. Franks, Russell Guest. Grub Street, 1990. ISBN 978-0-948817-19-9.
  • Nieuport Aces of World War 1. Norman Franks. Osprey Publishing, 2000. ISBN 978-1-85532-961-4.
Military offices
Preceded by
Archibald MacLean
Commandant of the Central Flying School
Succeeded by
Patrick Playfair