Stephen Price (RAF officer)

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Stephen William Price
Born (1893-11-28)28 November 1893
South Hornsey, London, England
Died 19 April 1974(1974-04-19) (aged 80)
Chichester, Sussex, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Royal Air Force
Rank Major
Unit
Commands held No. 83 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars World War I
 • Western Front
World War II
Awards Military Cross

Major Stephen William Price MC (28 November 1893 – 19 April 1974) was a British World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[1][2]

World War I[edit]

Price was commissioned as a second lieutenant on 19 September 1914, after serving as a cadet in the Officers Training Corps,[3] and served in the 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. He eventually transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, and was granted Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificate No. 1970 on 27 October 1915, having successfully soloed in a Maurice Farman biplane at the Military School, Ruislip.[4] On completion of his flight training, Price was appointed a flying officer on 20 January 1916, and transferred to the General List for service with the RFC.[5] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 April 1916.[6]

Although Price served in several squadrons,[1] all his successes came while serving in No. 11 Squadron, flying a F.E.2b two-seater, with American ace Lieutenant Frederick Libby as his gunner.[2] Price was appointed a flight commander with the temporary rank of captain on 4 August 1916,[7] between 22 August and 17 October, the two men drove down five enemy reconnaissance aircraft over Bapaume, and an Albatros D.I over Mory. On 22 October, they shot down another Albatros D.I in flames over Douchy-lès-Ayette.[2]

Price was subsequently awarded the Military Cross, which was gazetted on 25 November 1916. His citation read:

"For conspicuous gallantry in action. During a reconnaissance he was attacked by a large number of enemy machines. He manoeuvred his machine with great skill, and fought down a hostile machine. On four previous occasions he and his observer have accounted for enemy machines."[8]

On 1 January 1918 Price was appointed a squadron commander with the temporary rank of major,[9] taking command of No. 83 Squadron.[2] He was transferred to the unemployed list of the RAF on 31 January 1919.[10]

Between the wars Price worked as a solicitor and served as an Under-Sheriff of London, 1935–1936.[2]

World War II[edit]

On 25 April 1939 Price was granted a commission as a pilot officer on probation in the Administrative & Special Duties Branch of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.[11] He was confirmed in his appointment and promoted to flying officer on 1 September 1939,[12] just days before the declaration of war on Germany. However, on 27 April 1941, he resigned his commission.[13]

Price died in Midhurst, Sussex, on 19 April 1974.[2]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Guttman & Dempsey (2009), p. 39.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Stephen William Price". The Aerodrome. 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "no. 28910". The London Gazette. 22 September 1914. p. 7483. 
  4. ^ "Aviators' Certificates". Flight. VII (359): 872. 12 November 1915. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "(Supplement) no. 29465". The London Gazette. 4 February 1916. pp. 1455–1456. 
  6. ^ "(Supplement) no. 29579". The London Gazette. 12 May 1916. p. 4812. 
  7. ^ "(Supplement) no. 29715". The London Gazette. 18 August 1916. p. 8251. 
  8. ^ "(Supplement) no. 29837". The London Gazette. 24 November 1916. p. 11543. 
  9. ^ "(Supplement) no. 30539". The London Gazette. 22 February 1918. p. 2396. 
  10. ^ "no. 31230". The London Gazette. 14 March 1919. p. 3483. 
  11. ^ "no. 34621". The London Gazette. 2 May 1939. p. 2926. 
  12. ^ "no. 34700". The London Gazette. 3 October 1939. p. 6663. 
  13. ^ "no. 35158". The London Gazette. 9 May 1941. p. 2680. 
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