Charles G. Ross (SAAF officer)

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Charles Gordon Ross
Born 12 March 1892
Johannesburg, South Africa
Died Unknown
Allegiance South Africa
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Captain
Unit No. 29 Squadron RAF
Awards Order of the British Empire, Distinguished Flying Cross, Belgian Croix de guerre
Other work Served in South African Air Force as brigadier

Brigadier Charles Gordon Ross (born 12 March 1892, date of death unknown) was a career soldier who served in both the Royal Air Force and the South African Air Force. He was a quadruple ace, being credited with 20 victories during World War I.

World War I service[edit]

Ross originally served in the Royal Flying Corps, having joined in August 1917. He was assigned to 29 Squadron RAF on 25 March 1918 as a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a pilot. He began his victory roll on 26 May 1918; by 10 November, the day before the armistice, he had accounted for two observation balloons and sixteen enemy planes destroyed, and two planes driven down out of control. Although he shared some of his victories with others, such as Francis James Davies, Reginald H. Rusby, Ernest Charles Hoy, and Arthur Reed, Ross also singlehandedly destroyed eight enemy fighters.[1]

Post World War I[edit]

Ross stayed with his squadron when it was posted to Cologne as part of the Army of Occupation. In 1921, he left the RAF to enroll in the new South African Air Force. He was awarded the CBE during World War II, and retired a Brigadier.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) awarded 2 November 1918

Lt. Charles Gordon Ross.

A bold and skilful airman who has, during the last few months, accounted for four enemy machines. On 8 August, when on offensive patrol, he engaged a two-seater, driving it down. On his return journey he saw a hostile balloon, which he destroyed, the observer escaping in his parachute.[3]

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar awarded 3 December 1918

Lieut. (A./Capt.) Charles Gordon Ross, D.F.C. (FRANCE)

A fine fighting pilot and leader who has destroyed twelve enemy machines. On 2 October, Ross with three other machines, attacked eight Fokker biplanes; in the engagement that followed four of these were destroyed, Capt. Ross accounting for one.[3][4]

Belgian Croix de Guerre

Awarded by His Majesty, King of the Belgians, on 15 July 1919.[5][6]

Insignia of the Order of Saint Sava (Fourth Class)

Awarded by His Majesty, the King of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, on 31 July 1929[7]

Order of the British Empire

Charles Gordon Ross was appointed an Additional Commander of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1945.[8]

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915–1920. p. 326. 
  2. ^ "Charles Gordon Ross". The Aero Dome. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  4. ^ Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  5. ^ Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  6. ^ Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  7. ^ Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  8. ^ Retrieved 21 February 2010.


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 0-948817-19-4, ISBN 978-0-948817-19-9.