Chester Stairs Duffus
|Chester Stairs Duffus|
|Born||1 March 1891
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||23 February 1981|
|Service/branch||Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
|Years of service||1915 - 1919|
|Unit||No. 22 Squadron RFC|
|Commands held||No. 25 Squadron RAF|
|Awards||Order of the British Empire, Military Cross|
World War I service
Duffus joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, and flew Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2b pusher two-seaters for No. 22 Squadron during 1916; one of his observer gunners was fellow ace Corporal Frank Johnson. 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. His last triumph was shared with fellow aces Captain Selden Long and another pilot.
Post World War I
Duffus married Evelyn Giles at New Market on 21 June 1919; the union would produce a daughter, born the following year.
Chester Stairs Duffus died on 23 February 1981.
Honors and awards
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Chester Stairs Duffus, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
Sources of information
- http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/canada/duffus.php Retrieved 5 February 2010.
- Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 145.
- http://www.duffus.com/william1tree.htm Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- "Supplement to the London Gazette". 14 November 1916. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- 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.
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