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Laurence W. Allen
Laurence Wilfred Allen MC
|Born||(1892-09-14)14 September 1892
|Died||1968 (aged 75–76)|
||Royal Flying Corps|
|Years of service||1915–1926|
|Unit||Royal Warwickshire Regiment
No. 48 Squadron RFC
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War I
On 5 April 1917, after being assigned to No. 48 Squadron RFC in France, he scored his first aerial victory while crewed with pilot Captain Alan Wilkinson in a Bristol F.2a Fighter. This was the Bristol's first day in action, and the Wilkinson/Allen success came on the heels of the new aircraft's first, disastrous patrol. On 9 April, Allen and Wilkinson shared two more victories with Captain John Letts and his observer. On 11 April 1917, Second Lieutenant Allen was officially seconded to the Royal Flying Corps.
By the end of Bloody April, Allen's score had reached seven. He scored twice in May while being piloted by Letts, being wounded in action on 24 May 1917 while downing his ninth foe. His Military Cross was gazetted two days later.
He would score once more, on 16 June 1917. His final tally included: an Albatros D.III destroyed singlehanded; two more D.IIIs destroyed in victories shared with other aircrews; a two-seater reconnaissance plane and four D.IIIs singlehandedly driven down out of control; two Albatros D.IIIs driven down and shared with other aircrews.
Post World War I
Allen was transferred to the Class A Reserves of the Royal Air Force on 1 September 1922.
On 17 February 1926, he was slightly injured in the crash of Wolf no. G-EDHJ at Whitby Aerodrome. On 30 March, he transferred into the Class C Reserves. On 1 September 1926, Flying Officer Laurence Wilfred Allen completed his military service and gave up his commission.
He died in 1968 in Coventry.
Honours and awards
- Military Cross
2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) Laurence Wilfred Allen, R. War. R., attd. R.F.C.
- For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when acting as an observer. On many occasions he has helped to shoot down and destroy hostile machines. He has shown the greatest coolness and skill on all occasions, frequently clearing difficult jams in the middle of a fight.
- Franks et.al. (1997), pp. 2–3.
- "No. 29377". The London Gazette. 23 November 1915. p. 11606.
- Guttman, pp. 10–11.
- "No. 30095". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 May 1917. p. 5179.
- "No. 32746". The London Gazette. 12 September 1922. p. 6582.
- "No. 33146". The London Gazette. 30 March 1926. p. 2279.
- "No. 33198". The London Gazette. 3 September 1926. p. 5769.
- Franks, Norman; Guest, Russell F.; Alegi, Gregory (1997). Above the War Fronts: The British Two-seater Bomber Pilot and Observer Aces, the British Two-seater Fighter Observer Aces, and the Belgian, Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Fighter Aces, 1914-1918. London, UK: Grub Street. ISBN 9781898697565.
- Guttman, Jon (2007). Bristol F.2 Fighter Aces of World War I. Oxford, Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84603-201-1
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