Lanoe George Hawker VC, DSO.

Lanoe George Hawker VC, DSO. (30/12/1890 – 23/11/1916), was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions while a pilot serving with the Royal Flying Corps (RFA) on patrol over Passchendaele, on 25 July 1915.

57 LG Hawker VC.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 29273, Page: 8395, reads:

“Captain Lanoe George Hawker, D.S.O., Royal Engineers and Royal Flying Corps.

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.”

Lanoe Hawker was shot down by “The Red Baron” on 23 November 1916, while flying an Airco DH.2 (Serial No. 5964). His aircraft crashed 200 metres east of Luisenhof Farm, just south of Bapaume on the Flers Road, becoming the German ace’s 11th victim. German Grenadiers reported burying Hawker 230 metres east of Luisenhof Farm along the roadside, although he is listed on the Arras Flying Services Memorial for airmen lost with no known grave.

Arras Memorial to the Missing. Image courtesy of Ralph McLean and the South African War Graves Project

© DRW 2017-2018. Created 30/04/2017. Inscription image courtesy of Mark Green. Gallaher cigarette card by Card Promotions. © 2001, first issued 1915.

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