Edward Sayers (RAF airman)
|Edward Harper Sayers|
|Died||17 July 1918 (aged 20–21)
|Buried at||Willesden New Cemetery, Middlesex, England (Coordinates: )|
|Unit||No. 20 Squadron RFC|
|Awards||Médaille militaire (France)|
Sayers was born in Merton, Surrey, the son of William Harper and Hannah Jane Sayers. In 1917 he was serving in the Royal Flying Corps' No. 20 Squadron as a 2nd Class Air Mechanic, flying in a F.E.2d two-seater fighter as an observer/gunner.
He gained his first aerial victory with pilot Second Lieutenant S. N. Pike on 7 April 1917, by driving down out of control an Albatros D.II over Tourcoing. Sayers and Lieutenant E. O. Perry sent an Albatros D.III down in flames over Becelaère on 24 April, but were later themselves shot down over Polygon Wood. He was paired with Lieutenant Donald Cunnell, for his next two victories, both D.IIIs shot down in flames, one over Comines on 2 May, and the other over Wervicq on 5 June. His fifth and final victory came on 8 June, with Second Lieutenant William Durrand in the pilot's seat, sending another D.III down in flames over Comines.