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Guest stevenbec

Mate,

Can you give me any info on these two airman.

James Harold Claude Nixon was commisioned into the RFC on the 16th March 1917 do you have any details on his RFC unit or anything else.

Also Lt Charles Henry Nobbs was captured with 66th Sqn RFC on the 22nd Aug 1917.

Do you know how, where and who brought him down.

Thanks for any insight.

S.B

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Dolphin

Lt J H C Nixon was flying an unidentified Nieuport scout of No 1 Sqn RFC on a Deep Offensive Patrol over the Ypres Front on 16 August 1917 when he was wounded in the head.

2Lt C H F Nobbs was flying Sopwith Pup A6185 of No 66 Sqn RFC on a Special Patrol to bomb an enemy aerodrome behind the Ypres Front on 20 September 1917 when he was shot down and taken prisoner. There was no corresponding claim from a German fighter pilot, so he was most probably brought down by ground fire, or perhaps by a two-seater crew. A6185 would have looked very much like the No 66 Sqn Pup shown below.

Earlier, 2Lt Nobbs crashed Pup A6210 on 14 August 1917 when his tail was too high during take off on a Offensive Patrol; the propeller hit the ground and the aircraft was damaged. A6210 was Struck Off Charge on 17 August.

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Guest stevenbec

Thanks Mate,

Do you know if Nixon's wound put him out of the war?

Cheers

S.B

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Bob Coulson

2nd Lt C H F Nobbs was repatriated on January 2nd 1919.

Bob.

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Matt Dixon

Would you happen to know if he was any relation to 2nd Lt Oswald Nixon RFC?

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Guest stevenbec

Sorry mate,

I have no record of any relations but he did come from Orbost a town in Victoria Australia.

S.B

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Alec McCudden

Cross and Cockade magazine, Vol6 No 1 (1975) has an article entitled ’66 Sqn in France and Italy’ written by Frank Bailey and L R Franks. In it is the following

“For the next few days, the squadron participated in low level missions with few combats taking place. 2/Lt C H F Nobbs found and attacked three two-seaters of the AGO type on the 14th (August 14th 1916), sending 40 rounds at one red coloured bird which fell ‘out of control’ into low cloud, but was unable to pursue it as he was then engaged by three EA scouts.”

I don’t know if this is the same Nobbs, but it may be.

Alec

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Alec McCudden

Sorry, that last quote from C&C should read 1917 not 1916.

Alec

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Matt Dixon

SB,

Must just be a coincidence I suppose then.

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