Monday, February 27, 2017

Captain Percy Wilson

Captain Wilson of No. 28 Squadron RAF by his Sopwith Camel biplane, Florence..jpg

Captain Percy Wilson was posted to No. 28 Squadron RFC to fly the Sopwith Camel single-seat fighter on the Italian Front. Operating over the province of Treviso he gained his first of seven aerial victories on 25 January 1918, destroying an enemy reconnaissance aircraft over San Fior di Sopra. On 4 February he destroyed an Albatros D.V fighter near Motta, and another reconnaissance aircraft over Nervesa on 27 February, being appointed a flight commander the same day. On 1 April 1918, the Army's Royal Flying Corps was merged with the Royal Naval Air Service to form the Royal Air Force, and his unit became No. 28 Squadron RAF. Between 3 and 19 May Wilson accounted for three more D.V fighters and an observation balloon.

On 1 November 1918 he was awarded the Bronze Medal for Military Valour by Italy.

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Wilson was awarded the Military Cross on 16 September 1918. His citation read:
Captain Percy Wilson, RAF.
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in destroying six enemy aeroplanes and driving down three more out of control. He also destroyed an enemy balloon, which fell in flames."

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