Charles Chapman (RFC officer)

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Charles Meredith Bouverie Chapman
Born (1892-01-09)9 January 1892
Bridge, Kent, England
Died 1 October 1917(1917-10-01) (aged 25)
Poperinghe
Buried Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Infantry; aviation
Years of service 1913 - 1917
Rank Major
Unit East Kent Regiment, No. 24 Squadron RFC, No. 29 Squadron RFC
Commands held No. 29 Squadron RFC
Awards Military Cross, Belgian Order of Leopold and Croix de Guerre

Charles Meredith Bouverie Chapman, MC (9 January 1892 – 1 October 1917) was a British Flying Ace in World War I with seven credited victories.[1]

Background[edit]

Chapman was born in Bridge, Kent, the son of a brewer.

Involvement in World War 1[edit]

Chapman served as a lieutenant in the East Kent Regiment from January 1913 but was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 1 July 1915. He qualified as a pilot on 31 July 1915 receiving military flying training at Shorham before being posted to No. 22 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.[2] On 1 April 1916, Chapman as part of this Squadron was sent to France, based eventually at Bertangles. However Chapman was transferred to 'B' Flight No. 24 Squadron, also based at Bertangles, using Airco DH.2 aircraft. Chapman was successful in destroying three enemy aircraft in a short period, commencing on 22 June 1916, for which he was awarded the Military Cross.

On detachment in the UK, Chapman served in a number of Training Units and on 1 November 1916 was promoted to the rank of Captain becoming a flight commander. In this capacity, he returned to France in May 1917 to join No. 29 Squadron at Le Hameau, flying Nieuport Scouts. Chapman was credited with all the rest of his victories flying this type of aircraft, like Georg Simon pilot in Manfred von Richthofen's Jagdstaffel 11.

He died of shrapnel injuries received on 1 October 1917 after a German bombing raid on No 29 Sqn's aerodrome at Poperinghe.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Connor, M. Airfields & Airmen of the Channel Coast. Pen & Sword Military, 2005. p.77 ISBN 1-84415-258-8
  2. ^ O'Connor, M. p.77
  3. ^ Nieuport Aces of World War 1.. p. 21. 
  • Shores, C., Franks, N., Guest, R. Above the Trenches. Grub Street, 1990. ISBN 0-948817-19-4