Philip Tudhope

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Philip Murray Tudhope
Born 27 September 1898
Orange Free State
Died Unknown
Allegiance  Union of South Africa
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Lieutenant
Unit No. 46 Squadron RAF
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

Lieutenant Philip Murray Tudhope (born 27 September 1898, date of death unknown) was a World War I flying ace credited with six aerial victories.[1]

Tudhope joined the Royal Flying Corps in May 1917. On 3 March 1918, he was assigned to 46 Squadron. On 25 April 1918, he joined with Captain Cecil Marchant and Lieutenant E. Smith to destroy an LVG two-seater reconnaissance plane. He then set afire a Pfalz D.III on 30 May. His last four victories were "out of control" wins over Fokker D.VIIs. The last two of these, on 17 September, were during a melee, and were shared with Captain Donald MacLaren and four other RAF pilots; the Fokkers fell and collided with one another.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC ) Lieut. Philip Murray Tudhope. (FRANCE)

On 18 October this officer displayed marked presence of mind and initiative. Seeing an enemy battery proceeding along a road towards a town which he knew was held by our troops, Lieut. Tudhope descended to a low altitude to accelerate its progress. So successful was this manoeuvre that the leading gun was driven into the hands of our infantry and captured; the remainder wheeled about and retired, pursued by this officer.[3]

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.

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/safrica/tudhope2.php Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  2. ^ Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920.
  3. ^ http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/1898-09-27;1998-01-01/exact=philip+murray+tudhope/start=1 Retrieved 21 February 2010.