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Frederick Oswell THORNTON D.F.C.

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wwrsimon

Hello everyone

 

On March 6th 1919, Lt. F. O. Thornton was killed in DH-4 A7940 of 57 Sqn in Belgium. I understand from 'The Aerodrome' website that he was credited with 6 victories on DH-4s during WW1, but I can't find any details of these. Can anyone help with any details of these victories?

 

There's a page dedicated to him here:

 

http://www.traffordwardead.co.uk/index.php?sold_id=s%3A7%3A"23%2Csale"%3B&letter=&place=sale&war=I&soldier=Thornton+DFC

 

and he's remembered at the Byker and Heaton Conservative Club in Newcastle-upon-Tyne:

 

http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=6679

 

Many thanks,

 

Regards,

 

Simon

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pete-c
1 hour ago, wwrsimon said:

Hello everyone

 

On March 6th 1919, Lt. F. O. Thornton was killed in DH-4 A7940 of 57 Sqn in Belgium. I understand from 'The Aerodrome' website that he was credited with 6 victories on DH-4s during WW1, but I can't find any details of these. Can anyone help with any details of these victories?

 

There's a page dedicated to him here:

 

http://www.traffordwardead.co.uk/index.php?sold_id=s%3A7%3A"23%2Csale"%3B&letter=&place=sale&war=I&soldier=Thornton+DFC

 

and he's remembered at the Byker and Heaton Conservative Club in Newcastle-upon-Tyne:

 

http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=6679

 

Many thanks,

 

Regards,

 

Simon

 

TSTB 1 (Henshaw) has Lt FO Thornton and 2nd Lt WH Thornton in combat with a FokkerDVII -  resulting in the latter coming down in flames near Ytres, 8am, 29.8.18.   Thornton's aircraft was DH4 'D8425' of 57 Sqn.   Hope this helps. 

 

EDIT:  Just realised that this Fokker seems to have been claimed by Capt WE Green in the same engagement.  

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topgun1918

The claims I have are:

 

29 August 1918 - a Fokker DVII crashed and another out of control in the vicinity of Ytres at 08:00 (British time)/09:00(German time), with 2nd-Lieut W H Thornton as observer on D.H.4 D8425 [another was claimed by Capt W E Green & Lieut A M Barron on D.H.4 D9262 and a fourth by 2nd-Lieut D U THomas & 2nd-Lieut C G Smith on D.H.4 F7597]

 

 

1 September 1918 - Fokker DVII in flames over Cambrai at 13:45/14:45, with 2nd-Lieut F G Craig as observer on D.H.4 D8425

 

5 September 1918 - Fokker DVII out of control west of Marcoing at 11:25/12:25, with Craig as observer on D.H.4 D8425

 

21 September 1918 - Fokker DVII out of control over Bourlon Wood at 18:40/18:40 (times matched), with 2nd-Lieut H T Barnett as observer on D.H.4 A8017

 

27 September 1918 - Fokker DVII out of control (shared with Lieut F L Harding & 2nd-Lieut I S Woodhouse on D.H.4 F2635) over Cambrai at 18:00/18:00, with Craig as observer on D.H.4 A8017

 

Graeme

 

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wwrsimon

Many thanks indeed for the replies Pete and Graeme - much appreciated.

 

Regards


Simon

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