Frank Hobson

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Frank Harold Hobson
Born (1894-10-08)8 October 1894
West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Died 1919 (aged 24–25)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Royal Air Force
Rank Captain
Unit Royal Engineers
No. 65 Squadron RFC
No. 72 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars World War I
 • Western Front
Awards Military Cross

Captain Frank Harold Hobson (8 October 1894 – 1919) was a British World War I flying ace credited with 15 aerial victories.[1]


Hobson was born in West Bridgford, Nottingham, on 8 October 1894. He originally served in the Royal Engineers, but transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, being commissioned a temporary second lieutenant (on probation) on 10 May 1917.[2] In September 1917, he scored his first victory while he was assigned to No. 65 Squadron RFC.[3] Flying Sopwith Camel No. B2305, he drove down an Albatros D.V out of control. He then scored triumphs in every month between then and March 1918, except for February. A summary of his record shows ten enemy aircraft destroyed and five driven down out of control.[1] He was awarded the Military Cross on 4 March 1918.[4]

Following his last victory on 25 March 1918,[1] he was removed from combat duty and assigned to No. 72 Training Squadron in the Home Establishment in England. He ended his duty and left the service in February 1919,[3] and died later that year.[1]

Honours and awards[edit]

Military Cross
Temporary 2nd Lieutenant Frank Hobson, General List and Royal Flying Corps.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has destroyed several enemy aeroplanes and driven others down out of control. On one occasion he descended to a height of 100 feet and attacked a party of the enemy with his machine gun, inflicting several casualties on them. He has shown splendid resource and determination on all occasions.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Frank Harold Hobson". The Aerodrome. 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "No. 30100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 May 1917. p. 5309. 
  3. ^ a b Franks (2003), p.64.
  4. ^ "No. 30555". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 March 1918. p. 2728. 
  5. ^ "No. 30845". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 August 1918. p. 9565.