Edgar G. Davies

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Edgar George Davies
Born (1898-11-04)4 November 1898
Islington, London, England
Died 6 February 1919(1919-02-06) (aged 20)
Germany
Buried Cologne Southern Cemetery, Cologne, Germany
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Infantry, aviation
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Queen's Westminsters, No. 29 Squadron RAF
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross, Belgian Croix de guerre

Lieutenant Edgar George Davies DFC* (4 November 1898 – 6 February 1919) was a World War I flying ace credited with ten aerial victories.

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.[1]

Two days after his death on 6 February 1919, he was awarded his Distinguished Flying Cross. His Belgian Croix de guerre followed on 15 July 1919.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

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.[3]

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ SE.5/SE.5a Aces of World War I. p. 73. 
  2. ^ http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/31457/supplements/8987 Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/31170/pages/2037 Retrieved 22 February 2010.

References[edit]

  • SE 5/5a Aces of World War I. Norman Franks. Osprey Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-84603-180-X, 9781846031809.