Edgar G. Davies
|Edgar George Davies|
4 November 1898|
Islington, London, England
|Died||6 February 1919
|Buried||Cologne Southern Cemetery, Cologne, Germany|
|Unit||Queen's Westminsters, No. 29 Squadron RAF|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross, Belgian Croix de guerre|
Davies left school to join the Queen's Westminsters. From there, he transferred into the Royal Flying Corps on 4 November 1917. He qualified as a pilot at the Grahame-White School on their proprietary airplanes, receiving his pilot's certificate on 11 May 1918. He was assigned to 29 Squadron on 1 September 1918. The first of the nine enemy planes and one observation balloon that he destroyed fell on the 16th, and the last on 10 November, the day before the Armistice.
Davies died in a flying accident while serving in the Army of Occupation in Germany. He tried a high-speed roll over Bickendorf Airfield; his SE.5a shed its wings and he fell to his death.
Honors and awards
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
2nd Lt. Edgar George Davies. (FRANCE)
Bold in attack and skilful in manoeuvre, this officer never hesitates to attack the enemy when opportunity occurs, without regard to disparity in numbers. On 7 October, with three other machines, he attacked seven Fokkers; four of these were destroyed, 2nd Lt. Davies accounting for one. Since 16 September he has to his credit four enemy machines and one kite balloon.
Sources of information
- SE.5/SE.5a Aces of World War I. p. 73.
- http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/31457/supplements/8987 Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/31170/pages/2037 Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- SE 5/5a Aces of World War I. Norman Franks. Osprey Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-84603-180-X, 9781846031809.
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