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Frederick Stanton (RAF officer)

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Lieutenant Frederick Cecil Stanton DCM (30 October 1895 – 20 March 1979) was a British World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[1]

Frederick Cecil Stanton
Born(1895-10-30)30 October 1895
Emberton, Buckinghamshire, England
Died20 March 1979(1979-03-20) (aged 83)
Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Royal Air Force
Years of service1914–1919
RankLieutenant
UnitOxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
No. 24 Squadron RAF
No. 22 Squadron RAF
Battles/warsWorld War I
 • Western Front
AwardsDistinguished Conduct Medal
Croix de guerre (France)

Military serviceEdit

Stanton was born in Emberton, Buckinghamshire, the son of William Charles and Kate Dunkley Stanton, who ran the post office there. He enlisted on 2 September 1914 into the 6th Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and served in France from 22 July 1915 to 16 March 1917.[1]

On 24 November 1916 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. His citation read:

12636 Lance Corporal F. C. Stanton, Oxf. & Bucks. L.I.
"For conspicuous gallantry in action. When the enemy began sniping at his men from a trench to his right rear, he immediately took some of his men and bombed the enemy down this trench, thereby allowing the neighbouring troops to capture the position."[2]

Stanton was promoted to sergeant on 3 September 1916,[1] and on 1 May 1917 he was given permission to wear the Croix de guerre awarded to him by France.[3]

He then joined the Royal Flying Corps as a cadet, being commissioned as a temporary second lieutenant (on probation) on 26 September 1917,[4] and was confirmed in his rank on 18 March 1918.[5]

He was first posted to No. 24 Squadron, but on 29 May was transferred to No. 22 Squadron. Between 10 July and 27 August, flying a Bristol F.2b two-seater fighter with Lieutenant Clifford Tolman as his observer/gunner, he accounted for seven enemy aircraft, three driven down out of control, and four destroyed.[1]

Stanton was transferred to the RAF unemployed list on 14 June 1919.[6]

List of aerial victoriesEdit

Combat record[1]
No. Date/Time Aircraft/
Serial No.
Opponent Result Location
1 10 July 1918
@ 1015–1030
Bristol F.2b
(D8089)
Pfalz D.III Destroyed South of Lille
2 Pfalz D.III Destroyed
3 DFW C Driven down out of control
4 13 August 1918
@ 1120
Bristol F.2b
(D8089)
Fokker D.VII Destroyed Auberchicourt
5 Fokker D.VII Destroyed in flames
6 21 August 1918
@ 1945
Bristol F.2b
(E2500)
Two-seater Driven down out of control Albert
7 27 August 1918
@ 1400
Bristol F.2b
(E2500)
Fokker D.VII Driven down out of control South-east of Senlemont

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Frederick Cecil Stanton". The Aerodrome. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 29837". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 November 1916. p. 11561.
  3. ^ "No. 30043". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 May 1917. p. 4160.
  4. ^ "No. 30347". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 October 1917. pp. 10886–10887.
  5. ^ "No. 30630". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 April 1918. pp. 4508–4509.
  6. ^ "No. 31458". The London Gazette. 15 July 1919. p. 9005.