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HAWKER, LANOE GEORGE, VC, DSO

Service:Royal Flying Corps
Rank:Major
Date of Birth:30 December 1890
Place of Birth:Longparish, Hampshire, England
Date of Death:23 November 1916 (Aged 25 years)
Decorations:Victoria Cross
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

IWM: Q 67598

Citations

Victoria Cross:
For most conspicuous bravery and very great ability on 25th July, 1915.
When flying alone he attacked three German aeroplanes in succession. The first managed eventually to escape, the second was driven to ground damaged, and the third, which he attacked at a height of about 10,000 feet, was driven to earth in our lines, the pilot and observer being killed.
The personal bravery shown by this Officer was of the very highest order, as the enemy's aircraft were armed with machine guns, and all carried a passenger as well as the pilot.

Distinguished Service Order:
For conspicuous gallantry on 19th April, 1915, when he succeeded in dropping bombs on the German airship shed at Gontrode from a height of only 200 feet, under circumstances of the greatest risk.
Lieutenant Hawker displayed remarkable ingenuity in utilizing an occupied German captive balloon to shield him from fire whilst manoeuvring to drop the bombs.

Burial Details

THIS PERSON HAS NO KNOWN GRAVE
Memorial:ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL

External Links

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The London Gazette - Victoria Cross Citation (24 August 1915)
The London Gazette - Distinguished Service Order Citation (7 May 1915)
Wikipedia

Record updated on 23 March 2018.


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