Chester Stairs Duffus

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Chester Stairs Duffus
Born 1 March 1891
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died 23 February 1981
Allegiance George V
Service/branch Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Years of service 1915 - 1919
Rank Major
Unit No. 22 Squadron RFC
Commands held No. 25 Squadron RAF
Awards Order of the British Empire, Military Cross

Major Chester Stairs Duffus OBE MC (born 1 March 1891–23 February 1981) was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories.[1]

World War I service[edit]

Duffus joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1915,[1] and flew Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2b pusher two-seaters for No. 22 Squadron during 1916;[2] one of his observer gunners was fellow ace Corporal Frank Johnson.[1] He scored five victories between 17 August and 11 December 1916. He survived a forced landing after his fourth win on 4 December, landing near Bapaume.[2] His last triumph was shared with fellow aces Captain Selden Long and another pilot.[1]

Duffus went on to command No. 25 Squadron.[1][2]

Post World War I[edit]

Duffus married Evelyn Giles at New Market on 21 June 1919; the union would produce a daughter, born the following year.[3]

Chester Stairs Duffus died on 23 February 1981.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

Military Cross (MC)

2nd Lt. Chester Stairs Duffus, R.F.C., Spec. Res.

For conspicuous skill and gallantry in fights with hostile aircraft. On one occasion, after hard fighting, he brought down a hostile machine in flames on our side of the line. [1][5]

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 145. 
  3. ^ Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Supplement to the London Gazette". 14 November 1916. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Supplement to the London Gazette, 14 November 1916 (29824/11051)


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.