The Combat Reports and letters of
Lt. Geoffrey Hawks, MC
No. 29 Squadron RFC
29 Victories
KIA 22 February, 1917

                  COMBATS IN THE AIR
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          No. 1 RFC
          Date:  01/05/1916 
          Time:  05:58
          Type of Aeroplane: Nieuport 11
          Locality:NE of Ypres          
          Pilot:   2Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
          Duty:    Balloon Defense
          Height:  1500 meters

          Result
          Fokker EIII - Decisive.
          Fokker EIII - Decisive.
          [german balloon] - Decisive.
          [german balloon] - Decisive.

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          Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


          NARRATIVE
          Whilst on balloon defense with Capt. Nussbaum, Lt. Bedford, and 
          2nd Lt. Landers, I observed a flight of 4 Fokker E-types headed 
          toward our balloon.  I turned and attempted to distract a Green 
          painted Fokker EIII by firing on him.  He pressed home his attack, 
          and the balloon, unfortunately went down.

          I kept after him and after a long burst that I observed to strike 
          near the cockpit, he crashed.

          I then engaged a white painted Fokker and when I disabled his 
          engine, he attempted to land.  As he did so, my finger "slipped" 
          and I accidentally triggered off a rocket which struck his under-
          carriage as he was landing, he too crashed.

          When our time was up, Capt. Nussbaum started leading us back.  
          I decided I didn't want to return with 7 rockets, so I went North 
          looking for German observation balloons.  I found two of them and 
          dispatched both.

          Your Humble Servant
          [signed]
          Geoffrey Hawks

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          Flight commanders comments:

          Normally, I would have chastised 2nd Lt. Hawks for leaving the 
          flight without authorization, but as it is, it turns out his first two 
          victims were none other than Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelman, 
          Germany's leading fighter pilots.  

          However, I have warned 2nd Lt. Hawks about the wisdom of main-
          taining formation even when presented with the most appetizing target.

          As it is, I confirmed both of his Fokker claims, and ground observers 
          also confirmed his balloons.

          [signed]
          Capt. Nussbaum, MC
          Commander, A flight.



                  COMBATS IN THE AIR
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          No. 1 RFC
          Date:  04/05/1916 
          Time:  09:58
          Type of Aeroplane: Nieuport 11
          Locality:2 miles W. of Armentaires
          Pilot:   2Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
          Duty:    Aerodrome attack
          Height:  1000 meters

          Result
          [german balloon] - Decisive.

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          Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


          NARRATIVE


          While returning from attacking a Hun aerodrome, I observed a Hun 
          balloon being hauled down.  I figured it would be better if I helped 
          the Huns bring it down, so I did.  Unforunately, it caught fire, 
          so it was a total loss.

          [signed]
          Geoffrey Hawks





                  COMBATS IN THE AIR
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          No. 1 RFC
          Date:  07/05/1916 
          Time:  13:25
          Type of Aeroplane:Nieuport 11
          Locality:5 miles N. of Bethune
          Pilot:   2Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
          Duty:    Balloon defense
          Height:  2000 meters

          Result
          Fokker EIII - Decisive.
          Fokker EIII - Decisive.
          Aviatik CI - Decisive.
          Aviatik CI - Decisive.

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          Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


          NARRATIVE
          Whilst on balloon defense we observed a flight of Fokker E types 
          approaching our position.  We dived to intercept, and in the ensuing 
          fight, I got two of them.

          After we fought off the Fokker E types, we sighted a flight of 
          Aviatik 2 seaters trying to cross our lines, in the ensuing fight, 
          I got two of those also.

          In both fights, my machine received no damage.

          [signed]
          Geoffrey Hawks


                  COMBATS IN THE AIR
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          No. 1 RFC
          Date:  10/05/1916 
          Time:  17:32
          Type of Aeroplane:Nieuport 11
          Locality: Bethune
          Pilot:   2Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
          Duty:    Barrage patrol
          Height:  2000 meters

          Result
          Aviatik CI - Decisive.

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          Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


          NARRATIVE
          Whilst on barrage patrol near Bethune, we observed a flight of 
          Aviatik CI's attempting to pass into our side of the lines.  We 
          went to intercept, and they decided to run for home.  After chasing 
          them nearly 30 minutes we finally caught up as they were trying to 
          land at their aerodrome, I shot down one, and the flight leader got 
          another.  C flight from our squadron was also there and got the 2 
          remaining machines.

          [signed]
          Geoffrey Hawks, MC

          --------------------------------------
          For determination and skill in chasing down the enemy, 
          Geoffrey Hawks is awarded the Military Cross.



                  COMBATS IN THE AIR
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          No. 1 RFC
          Date:  15/05/1916 
          Time:  05:23
          Type of Aeroplane:Nieuport 11 
          Locality:4 Miles NE of Lens
          Pilot:   2Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
          Duty:    Combat Air Patrol
          Height:  2000 meters

          Result
          [german balloon] - Decisive.

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          Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


          NARRATIVE
          Whilst enroute to our patrol station, I noticed a Hun Sausage below 
          being readied to go aloft.  I dove on it and attack, it exploded 
          in a very nice fireball.

          No other enemy aeroplanes or balloons were encountered.

          [signed]
          Geoffrey Hawks, MC

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          16 May, 1916
          Report to Squadron commander from A Flight Leader.
          Major, I should like to bring to your attention the repeated acts 
          of disobeyance commited by 2Lt. Geoffrey Hawks.  He repeatedly 
          leaves formation to go after enemy machines and balloons, even 
          when ordered strictly not to.  I would have mentioned this earlier, 
          but the award of the Military Cross to him seemed a bad time to 
          do so.  And while I realize he's the leading ace of the RFC, it's           
          still no excuse for his constant "roaming".  We should either give 
          this man a roving commision so he can get himself killed with as 
          little bother to the rest of us as possible, or else, I recommend 
          transferring him to another unit before he destroys the discipline 
          in this one.

          Your Servant,

          Capt. H. Nussbaum, DSO, MC


          Letter Home

          Dearest Mother,

          Sorry I haven't written you but I've been ever so busy.  Since I've 
          joined the Royal Flying Corps, I've managed to bring down a total 
          of 11 machines and balloons.  In fact, my first two victories were 
          none other than Oswald Boelcke, and Max Immelman.  The brass 
          were very happy that I put them out of business.  They had no less 
          than 14 victories each.  Still, I would have been happier if they had 
          survived their crash landings.

          I received the Military Cross a few days ago, so now I guess I'm 
          supposed to be some sort of hero.  I've been informed that I'm to 
          get leave for the next two months, so I should be able to come home 
          and see you and father.  I hope he's not too disappointed that I 
          didn't go into the cavalry.  I'm certain though, if he could see 
          what happens to men and horses in the mire down on the ground, 
          he'd be much happier that I'm where I am.  

          Love, your son

          Geoffrey.

          ----------------------------------------------------------
          9 October, 1916
          Follow-up report to Squadron Commander
          Major, I trust, now that 2Lt. Hawks is no longer the leading RFC
          ace that he will no longer get the favourable treatment he has been
          receiving.  While I wish him no ill will, he is a detriment to my flights
          discipline, and ultimately the morale of the entire Squadron.  
          As is it, I shall, unless specifically ordered not, bring 2Lt. Hawks
          up on formal charges the next time he disobeys a direct order
          not to break formation.

          Your servant,
          [signed]
          Capt. H. Nussbaum, DSO, MC

                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 1 RFC
         Date:  07/10/1916 
         Time:  09:49
         Type of Aeroplane:Nieuport 11 
         Locality: Over the Trench line
         Pilot:   2Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Roving Commision
         Height:  1000 meters

         Result
         [german balloon] - Decisive.
         [german balloon] - Decisive.
         [german balloon] - Decisive.

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


         NARRATIVE
         After finishing our Barrage support mission, I left the flight using 
         the Roving commision I'd been given by Maj. Selby to go looking for 
         trouble.  Unfortunately all I could find were 3 Hun Sausages which I 
         brought down with no damage to my machine.

         Your Servant,
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC



                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 1 RFC
         Date:  12/10/1916 
         Time:  06:58
         Type of Aeroplane:Nieuport 11
         Locality: East of Ypres          
         Pilot:   2Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Balloon Busting
         Height:  1500 meters

         Result
         Albatros DII - Decisive.
         Albatros DII - Decisive. (Shared with 2 others)

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


         NARRATIVE
         As we approached our intended target, I observed two of the new 
         Albatros type II fighters patroling above the Hun Sausage.  As we 
         had discussed before, rather than participate in the attack on the 
         balloon, I started gaining height to engage the EA.  As I approached, 
         one of them dove at the others in the flight, and one came at me.  

         We engaged in a little go around that took us to just above the ground, 
         and as my Lewis was empty, yet I had a perfect tail shot, I fired the 
         only ammo left to me.  I fired off my rockets, two of which struck 
         the EA, sending him to the ground.

         I then turned my attention to the other EA who was busy attacking my 
         flight mates.  The three of us were really too much for him, and he 
         crashed into the ground also

         Your Servant
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC

         ---------------------------------
         For continued excellence and demonstrated leadership ability, 
         Geoffrey Hawks is hereby promoted to Lieutenant.



                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 1 RFC
         Date:  14/10/1916 
         Time:  11:00
         Type of Aeroplane:Nieuport 11
         Locality: 5 miles SW of Lille
         Pilot:   Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Offensive Patrol
         Height:  2500 Meters

         Result
         Albatros DII - Decisive.
         Albatros DII - Decisive.

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


         NARRATIVE
         Whilst on offensive patrol, encouter numerous flights of Aviatiks 
         and Albatros machines, whilst trying to avoid getting shot down, 
         I managed to bring down two Albatros DII type fighters.

         Your Servant,
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC

                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 1 RFC
         Date:  22/10/1916 
         Time:  14:49
         Type of Aeroplane: Nieuport 11
         Locality: Bethune area
         Pilot:   Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Offensive patrol
         Height:  2000 meters

         Result
         Albatros DII - Decisive.
         [german balloon] - Decisive.

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


         NARRATIVE
         Whilst on offensive patrol I observed a Hun Sausage 5 miles East 
         of Bethune, I attacked and destroyed the balloon.  Shortly after that, 
         I was set upon by two Hun Albatros DII type fighters.  I destroyed 
         one, but had to leave due to lack of ammo before I could do anything 
         to the other one.

         Your Servant,
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC

         ---------------------------
         For bravery in combat, the Republic of France awards 
         Lt. Geoffrey Hawks, MC, the Croix de Guerre.

 

                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 1 RFC
         Date:  26/10/1916 
         Time:  15:55
         Type of Aeroplane: 
         Locality:Armentaires         
         Pilot:   Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Escourt
         Height:  2000 meters
         
         Result
         Roland CLII - Decisive. [flamer]
         Albatros DII - Decisive.

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,
         

         NARRATIVE
         Whilst escourting a flight of BE-2s on a bombing mission, we were 
         set upon by a pair of Albatros DIIs.  I got one, and Major Selby got 
         the other.  I then noticed that two Roland CLII's were stalking us, 
         so I set off after them, in the ensuing fight, I brought one down in 
         flames, the other ran off.

         Your Servant
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC



                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 1 RFC
         Date:  31/10/1916 
         Time:  06:49
         Type of Aeroplane:Nieuport 17
         Locality:Bethune
         Pilot:   Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Offensive Patrol
         Height:  2000 meters

         Result
         Halberstadt DII - Decisive.
         Halberstadt DII - Decisive.

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,

         NARRATIVE

         Whilst on offensive patrol we observed two Hun Halberstadt DII 
         fighters approaching.  We engaged them immediately.  I dispatched 
         the first one when I hit the pilot.  I was attempting to finish the 
         2nd when Capt. Nussbaum fired striking my aircraft, wounding me in 
         the arm.  I still managed to bring down the 2nd Halberstadt, no thanks 
         to Capt. Nussbaum.  I then proceeded to our side of the lines and 
         set my machine down before I bled to death.

         Your Servant
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC

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         To:Maj. Branson, CO No. 29 Squadron RFC
         From: Maj. Selby, MC, CO No. 1 Squadron RFC

         Richard, I hope you don't mind taking over my problem child, Lt. Hawks.  
         There's been something of an incident here in that he claims that his 
         flight commander may have shot him on purpose, whilst his FC claims 
         that Hawks blundered in the way.  This is still under investigation, 
         and the FC is grounded until it's conclusion, but as he is rather popular, 
         and Hawks is considered something of a Prima Dona, I'd appreciate 
         it very much if you'd take him into your squadron once he's out of Hospital.

         Best Regards,
         [signed]
         Maj. Selby, MC
         CO No. 1 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.



                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 29 RFC
         Date:  03/11/1916 
         Time:  11:00
         Type of Aeroplane:Airco DH-2
         Locality:Bethune
         Pilot:   Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Combat Air Patrol
         Height:  7000 feet

         Result
         Aviatik CI - Decisive.
         [german balloon] - Decisive.

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


         NARRATIVE
         Whilst on Patrol, Maj. Branson noticed a flight of Aviatik CI's coming 
         into our sector.  We gave chase and along with some Nieuports of No. 
         60 Squadron, we managed to bring some of them down.  I got one when 
         I hit the pilot.

         I then noticed a Hun balloon within sight of where I'd brought down 
         the Aviatik, so I went after it.  While I was attacking it, a Hun 
         Albatros DII dove down to attack me, I swerved out of the way, and he 
         smashed into the balloon just as I flamed it.  I thought I should get 
         credit for this one too, but the Major thought otherwise.

         Your servant,
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC



                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 29 RFC
         Date:  06/11/1916 
         Time:  14:50
         Type of Aeroplane: Airco DH-2
         Locality:Bethune          
         Pilot:   Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Escort
         Height:  8000 feet

         Result
         Fokker EIII - Decisive.

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


         NARRATIVE
         Whilst escorting a bombing mission, we were set upon by a pair of 
         Fokker EIII's.  I managed to get one, however, in the dogfight, I was 
         seperated from Capt. Selby, who was shot down on our side of the lines.  

         The bombers we were escorting bombed their target and returned to their 
         aerodrome safely.

         Your Servant
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC



                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 29 RFC
         Date:  13/11/1916 
         Time:  10:51
         Type of Aeroplane: Airco DH-2
         Locality: 5 miles SW of Lille
         Pilot:   Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Offensive Patrol
         Height:  6400 feet

         Result
         Aviatik CI - Decisive.

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


         NARRATIVE
         Whilst on offensive patrol, observed a flight of Aviatik 2-seaters.  
         Attacked one, and as the fight took me to their aerodrome, I finally 
         got him whilst he was landing, unfortunately, my engine was hit, and 
         I glided to a landing not too far from the enemy aerodrome.  As it was, 
         I was a guest of the Kaiser until 20 Feb., 1917.  Oh yes, their food 
         is absolutely horrible.  

         Your Servant,
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC


                 COMBATS IN THE AIR
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         No. 29 RFC
         Date:  20/02/1917 
         Time:  14:47
         Type of Aeroplane:Nieuport 17
         Locality: Bethune
         Pilot:   Lt.Geoffrey Hawks 
         Duty:    Combat Air Patrol
         Height:  2000 meters

         Result
         Aviatik CI - Decisive.

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         Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


         NARRATIVE
         Whilst in route to our assigned patrol area, we encountered a flight 
         of Aviatik CI's.  I managed to bring one down through the costly 
         maneauver of colliding with it.  Fortunately, both I and my erstwhile 
         victims survived the crash landings.  Although they ended up as POWs.

         Your Servant,
         [signed]
         Geoffrey Hawks, MC
         ---------------------------------
         Whilst attacking a flight of Roland CIIs, Lt. Hawks' engine caught 
         fire.  Rather than burn to death, Lt. Hawks jumped from his aircraft 
         at an altitude of 2000 meters.

         He will be sorely missed.

         [signed]
         Maj. R. Branson, DSO, MC, 
         CO 29 Squadron RFC
         22 February, 1917

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