Charles Allen (RAF officer)

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Charles Philip Allen
Born (1899-04-03)3 April 1899
Liverpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died 6 January 1974(1974-01-06) (aged 74)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Rank Captain
Unit No. 204 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Belgian Order of the Crown
Belgian Croix de Guerre

Captain Charles Philip Allen (born 3 April 1899 – 6 January 1974) was a British World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[1]

Born in Liverpool, Allen joined the Royal Flying Corps as an officer cadet, and was commissioned as a Temporary Second Lieutenant on 26 September 1917.[2]

He was posted to 204 Squadron RAF on 5 April 1918, and shot down seven Fokker D.VIIs between June and November, while flying the Sopwith Camel.[1]

Allen received two awards from Belgium, being gazetted a Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Couronne ("Knight of the Order of the Crown") on 8 February 1919,[3] and being awarded the Croix de Guerre by His Majesty the King of the Belgians on 15 July 1919.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Charles Philip Allen". theaerodrome.com. 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "No. 30320". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 October 1917. p. 10244. 
  3. ^ "World War I Military Medals and Decorations - Belgium - Order of the Crown". theaerodrome.com. 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "No. 31457". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 July 1919. p. 8987.