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A Great War Air Ace's Distinguished Flying Cross trio to Lieutenant L. A. Ashfield, 202 Squadron Royal Air Force, killed in action 1918
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A Great War Air Ace's Distinguished Flying Cross trio to Lieutenant L. A. Ashfield, 202 Squadron Royal Air Force, killed in action 1918
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Location : CO10 9PQ, Suffolk
Country : United Kingdom
Start Time : 01 Oct. 2009 14:00:00
End Time : 11 Oct. 2009 20:42:00

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WW1 Medal Trio:
 
Distinguished Flying Cross, GVR issue, 1914 - 1920 British War Medal, Victory Medal
(Both: LIEUT. L. A. ASHFIELD. R. A. F.).
 
D.F.C. LG: 2/7/1918, citation LG: 3/8/1918 - A very capable officer of exceptional judgment and courage. He has carried out 62 flights behind enemy lines with invariable success. During the last few months he has engaged 17 enemy machines and has been instrumental in destroying 5. On one occasion he attacked 5 enemy aeroplanes, bringing down one in flames.
 
Lionel Arthur Ashfield. Born 1/8/1898, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
He attended Marlborough College entering in September 1912 and leaving in Easter 1917. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service first serving at Eastchurch in June 1917. He was then posted to Cranwell in July 1917, Freiston in September 1917 then Manstone in late September 1917. He joined No. 2 Squadron at Dunkerque as a pilot on 15/11/1917 having flown 46 hours.
 
Credited with his first two kills on 27/2/1918, 3rd on 18/3/1918, 4th on 18/5/1918, 5th & 6th on 21/5/1918.
 
He was himself shot down and killed in action on 16/7/1918.
Buried Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery, Nieuwpoort, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
 
Lot includes photocopies of combat reports and service record.
 
Victory Medal has been renamed in a contemporary style.
 
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