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Owen Baldwin

Owen Morgan Baldwin
Born 21 February 1893
Twyford, Berkshire, England
Died 12 January 1942
Berkshire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Captain
Unit No. 73 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross (United Kingdom) with Bar
French Legion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre

Captain Owen Morgan Baldwin was a World War I flying ace credited with 16 aerial victories.[1]

Baldwin was a mechanical engineer in civilian life. He joined No. 73 Squadron RAF, which was tasked with ground support missions, and became a flight leader as well as the squadron's leading ace.[2] His most notable day in action was 15 September 1918, when he scored five victories by destroying two German Fokker D.VIIs and an observation plane, and driving down two more D.VIIs out of control. His victory roll is notable for having only three "soft" victories scored by driving an enemy down instead of destroying him.[3]

Baldwin was confirmed in rank as a Flying Officer, effective 7 March 1925.[4] He was also in service during World War II; he was commissioned a Flying Officer on 12 December 1939.[5]

Honors and awards

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Lieut. Owen Morgan Baldwin.

A gallant and skilful pilot who has on many occasions attacked troops and transport at low altitudes. Recently he encountered twelve enemy aeroplanes, two of which he crashed. He has, in addition, accounted for five other machines, showing at all times fearlessness and resource.[6]

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar

Lieut. (A./Capt.) Owen Morgan Baldwin, D.F.C. (FRANCE)

A gallant and determined officer, conspicuous for his skill and daring in attack. Since he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross he has destroyed six enemy aircraft and driven down two out of control, accounting for four in one day. In all he has to his credit thirteen machines destroyed and three driven down out of control.[7]

Sources of information

References

Sopwith Camel Aces of World War 1. Norman Franks. Osprey Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-84176-534-1, ISBN 978-1-84176-534-1.

External links

  • CWGC entry
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