Percy Wilson (RAF officer)

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Percy Wilson
Born (1895-04-11)11 April 1895
Congleton, Cheshire, England
Died Unknown
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Royal Air Force
Years of service 1917–1919
1921–1922
Rank Captain
Unit No. 28 Squadron RFC/RAF
Battles/wars World War I
 • Italian Front
Awards Military Cross
Bronze Medal for Military Valour (Italy)

Captain Percy Wilson MC (born 11 April 1895, date of death unknown) was a British World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[1]

Military service[edit]

Wilson was commissioned from cadet to temporary second lieutenant (on probation) on the General List for service in the Royal Flying Corps on 17 May 1917.[2] He was confirmed in his rank and appointed a flying officer on 29 June.[3]

He was posted to No. 28 Squadron RFC to fly the Sopwith Camel single-seat fighter on the Italian Front. Operating over the province of Treviso he gained his first aerial victory on 25 January 1918, destroying an enemy reconnaissance aircraft over San Fior di Sopra. On 4 February he destroyed an Albatros D.V fighter near Motta, and another reconnaissance aircraft over Nervesa on 27 February,[1] being appointed a flight commander with the temporary rank of captain the same day.[4] He was promoted to lieutenant on 26 March 1918.[5] On 1 April 1918, the Army's Royal Flying Corps was merged with the Royal Naval Air Service to form the Royal Air Force, and his unit became No. 28 Squadron RAF. Between 3 and 19 May Wilson accounted for three more D.V fighters and an observation balloon.[1]

Wilson was awarded the Military Cross on 16 September 1918. His citation read:

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Percy Wilson, RAF.
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in destroying six enemy aeroplanes and driving down three more out of control. He also destroyed an enemy balloon, which fell in flames."[6]

On 1 November 1918 he was awarded the Bronze Medal for Military Valour by Italy.[7]

List of aerial victories[edit]

Combat record[1]
No. Date/Time Aircraft/
Serial No.
Opponent Result Location
1 25 January 1918
@ 1145
Sopwith Camel
(B6363)
C Destroyed San Fior di Sopra
2 4 February 1918
@ 1005
Sopwith Camel
(B6363)
Albatros D.V Destroyed 1 km (0.62 mi) south of Motta
3 27 February 1918
@ 1030
Sopwith Camel
(B5183)
C Destroyed Nervesa
4 3 May 1918
@ 0915
Sopwith Camel
(B5187)
Albatros D.V Destroyed Monte Santo
5 10 May 1918
@ 1425
Sopwith Camel
(B6363)
Balloon Destroyed Mareno
6 11 May 1918
@ 1000
Sopwith Camel
(B6363)
Albatros D.V Destroyed in flames Follina
7 19 May 1918
@ 0715
Sopwith Camel
(B6363)
Albatros D.V Destroyed in flames Arsiè

Post-war career[edit]

Following the end of the war, as the RAF was reduced in size, Wilson relinquished his acting rank of captain on 25 March 1919,[8] and was transferred to the RAF's unemployed list on 1 September 1919.[9]

Wilson was briefly restored to the active list with the rank of flying officer for temporary duty between 9 April[10] and 5 June 1921.[11] He was then granted a short service commission in the RAF with the same rank on 18 July 1921,[12] but was forced to relinquish it on account of ill-health on 25 October 1922.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Percy Wilson". The Aerodrome. 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "No. 30123". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 1917. p. 5715. 
  3. ^ "No. 30617". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 April 1918. p. 4268. 
  4. ^ "No. 30612". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 April 1918. p. 4112. 
  5. ^ "No. 30642". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 April 1918. pp. 4803–4804. 
  6. ^ "No. 30901". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 September 1918. p. 11036. 
  7. ^ "No. 30989". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 November 1918. p. 12978. 
  8. ^ "No. 31302". The London Gazette. 18 April 1919. p. 5045. 
  9. ^ "No. 31581". The London Gazette. 3 October 1919. p. 12142. 
  10. ^ "No. 32311". The London Gazette. 3 May 1921. p. 3545. 
  11. ^ "No. 32368". The London Gazette. 24 June 1921. p. 5016. 
  12. ^ "No. 32402". The London Gazette. 26 July 1921. p. 5933. 
  13. ^ "No. 32758". The London Gazette. 24 October 1922. p. 7467.