Personal info

  • Name: Lanoe George HAWKER
  • D.O.B: 31st December, 1890
  • D.O.A: 25th July, 1915
  • D.O.D: 23rd November, 1916
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, Corps of Royal Engineers attached No 6 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps

Over Hooge, near Ypres, Belgium 25 July 1915

25 July 1915

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The First World War 1915 

No 6 Squadron RFC crossed the Channel to support the British Expeditionary Force with reconnaisance and offensive operations on 7 October 1914. On 25 July 1915 in the area of the Ypres Salient, Captain L G Hawker, in a single-seater Bristol Scout biplane, attacked three enemy aircraft, two of them behind German lines: one at Passchendaele at about 6pm and one over Houtholst Forest about 6.20pm. Finally, at about 7pm, he shot down a German plane over Hooge, just east of Ypres.

Citation

 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. 

The London Gazette of 24 August 1915, Numb. 29273, p. 8395

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