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Cecil Roy Richards
24 July 1893 – 28 March 1973
Place of birth Garvoc, Victoria, Australia
Place of death Glenelg, South Australia
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Lieutenant
Unit No. 20 Squadron RFC
Awards Military Cross

Lieutenant Cecil Roy Richards was an Australian flying ace of World War I. He was credited with twelve aerial victories.[1]

Cecil Roy Richards' father was named Alf. The younger Richards enlisted on 16 March 1915.[2] He served on ground duty in both Gallipolli and France before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in late 1916. He was assigned to 20 Squadron as a pilot flying the Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2d. He drove down an Albatros D.V on 14 June 1917 for his first win. He continued to score for the next two months, through 16 August 1917, including four victories on 17 July. His observer/gunner for nine of these victories was John Cowell. Richards' final tally was four enemy airplanes destroyed, eight driven down out of control.[3]

On 19 August 1917, he was shot down by Ernst Hess and captured.[4]

On 26 July 1919, Richards was transferred to the unemployed list of the Royal Air Force.[5]

As late as 2 April 1948, Richards is referred to in Australian government papers as living at 26 Weewanda Street, Glenelg.[6] However, his date and place of death remain unknown.

Honors and awards

Military Cross (MC)

2nd Lt. Cecil Roy Richards, R.F.C., Spec. Res.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when on offensive patrols in attacking and shooting down hostile machines. On one occasion he shot down four in one day, displaying great dash and a fine offensive spirit.[7]

Sources of information

  1. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/australi/richards.php Retrieved on 17 March 2010.
  2. ^ http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=8031436&I=1&SE=1 Retrieved on 17 March 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/australi/richards.php Retrieved on 17 March 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/australi/richards.php Retrieved on 17 March 2010.
  5. ^ (Supplement to the London Gazette, 17 September 1917) http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30287/supplements/9582 Retrieved on 17 March 2010.
  6. ^ (Victoria Government Gazette, 2 April 1948) http://gazette.slv.vic.gov.au/images/1948/V/general/224.pdf Retrieved on 17 March 2010.
  7. ^ (The London Gazette, 4 January 1921) http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30287/supplements/9582 Retrieved on 17 March 2010.

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