Stearne Tighe Edwards
|Stearne Tighe Edwards|
|Born||13 February 1893
|Died||22 November 1918 (aged 25)|
|Service/branch||Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1915 - 1918|
|Unit||No. 2 Squadron RNAS, No. 6 Squadron RNAS, No. 11 Squadron RNAS, No. 9 Squadron RNAS/No. 209 Squadron RAF|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross & Bar|
Stearne Tighe Edwards DSC & Bar (13 February 1893 – 22 November 1918) was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 17 victories. He was seriously injured in a crash the day after Armistice Day, and died from his injuries 10 days later.
Distinguished Service Cross
The DSC was awarded for a series of actions.
- Bringing down a two-seater Aviatik on 3 September 1917
- Driving "a two-seater enemy machine down out of control" on 21 September 1917
- An Albatross scout which crashed into the sea on 23 September 1917. And bringing down another on the same day.
Distinguished Service Cross - Bar
"Lieut. (tempy. Capt.) Stearne Tighe Edwards, D.S.C., R.A.F.
For conspicuous bravery and most brilliant leadership of fighting patrols against enemy aircraft. On 2 May 1918, whilst leading a patrol of four scouts, he encountered a hostile formation of eight enemy scouts and drove down one enemy machine completely out of control. Soon afterwards, he engaged another formation of six enemy scouts, driving down one to its destruction whilst his patrol accounted for another. He only broke off the fight owing to lack of ammunition. He has destroyed or driven down out of control many enemy machines since he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, and has at all times shown the greatest gallantry and a fine offensive spirit."
- Canadian airmen were required to complete an Attestation Paper in which they declared an oath of allegiance to King George the Fifth and agreed to serve in any arm of the service for the duration of the war between Great Britain and Germany. aerodrome.com
- The London Gazette 18 June 1918 Issue 30756 Page 7304
"WWI Aces of Canada: Stearne Edwards". www.theaerodrome.com. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
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