Frederick Stanton (RAF officer)
Frederick Cecil Stanton
|Born||30 October 1895|
Emberton, Buckinghamshire, England
|Died||20 March 1979 (aged 83)|
Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Royal Air Force
|Years of service||1914–1919|
|Unit||Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry|
No. 24 Squadron RAF
No. 22 Squadron RAF
|Battles/wars||World War I|
• Western Front
|Awards||Distinguished Conduct Medal|
Croix de guerre (France)
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.
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."
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.
Stanton was transferred to the RAF unemployed list on 14 June 1919.
List of aerial victoriesEdit
|1||10 July 1918
|Pfalz D.III||Destroyed||South of Lille|
|3||DFW C||Driven down out of control|
|4||13 August 1918
|5||Fokker D.VII||Destroyed in flames|
|6||21 August 1918
|Two-seater||Driven down out of control||Albert|
|7||27 August 1918
|Fokker D.VII||Driven down out of control||South-east of Senlemont|
- "Frederick Cecil Stanton". The Aerodrome. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "No. 29837". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 November 1916. p. 11561.
- "No. 30043". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 May 1917. p. 4160.
- "No. 30347". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 October 1917. pp. 10886–10887.
- "No. 30630". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 April 1918. pp. 4508–4509.
- "No. 31458". The London Gazette. 15 July 1919. p. 9005.