Harry Compton

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Harry Neville Compton
Born 9 April 1899
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died 1951
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Allegiance George V
Service/branch Engineers, then flying service
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Canadian Military Engineers; No. 23 Squadron RAF
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

Lieutenant Harry Neville Compton was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories.[1]

Compton originally served with the Canadian Military Engineers, transferring to the Royal Flying Corps on 14 February 1918. That summer, he was posted to No. 23 Squadron on the Western Front, to fly Sopwith Dolphins. He scored his first victory on 1 July 1918, when he destroyed an Albatros D.V near Hangest. He destroyed a Pfalz D.III and a Fokker D.VII fighter, and drove down another D.VII out of control before tallying his last victory. That was over a DFW reconnaissance two-seater on 1 November 1918, and was shared with fellow ace James William Pearson.[2]

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/canada/compton.php Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915–1920. p. 117. 

References[edit]

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.