The Combat Reports and letters of
Lt. Robert Williams, MC* 1 Squadron, RFC
16 Victories

-------------------Letter Home--------------------
30 December, 1914

Dearest Mother,

I just wanted to let you know all is well.  Arrived in
France yesterday.  We were told we would be moving to the
front soon.  Everyone is so excited, we're sure we'll beat 
the Hun back to Berlin by New Year's day.  Tell father that
he was correct, the cavalry is the service to be in.  

I have to go now, we're forming up to move on down the road,
I'll try to write you again real soon.

Your Loving son,

Robert.
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--------Letter Home-----
25 May, 1915

Dearest Mother,

This ground war is just so horrible.  All the men who were killed,
it's unbelievable that so many can die so quickly.  I've also found
out that, unfortunately, with this trench warfare, the cavalry is 
almost useless.  Our horses have been removed to the rear, and we're
fighting as infantry!  I didn't want to say anything before, I thought
father might be disappointed.  But I requested a transfer to the Royal
Flying Corps.  

I received word today that my request has been granted, and I'll be 
returning to England for pilot training.  I'll let you decide when best
to tell father.  If you prefer not to, I'll tell him when I come home.

Your loving son,

Robert
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-----------Letter Home------------
1 August, 1915

Dear Mother,

It was so good to see you and father.  I'm glad he is
over this thing about the RFC.  I really think this will
be the new cavalry, at least with regard to reconnaisonce.

I report to my squadron tomorrow, No. 1 Squadron.  I can't
say where they're stationed, it would be censored in any event.

But they are in France.  I was told I could say that much.  I 
still don't know what I'll be flying yet.  I trained on several 
different types.  I'll try to write home agains soon.

Your loving son,

Robert

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        COMBATS IN THE AIR
         -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-   
No. 1 RFC
Date:  05/08/1915 
Time:  07:59
Type of Aeroplane: Bristol D Scout
Locality: West of Armentieres
Pilot:   2Lt.Robert Williams 
Duty:    Escourt
Height:  7500 feet

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

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE
After finishing escourt duty with Lt. Hodgins, I went out 
on my own to see about getting rid of some of the Hun 
balloons.  I found three and shot them down.

Signed: 2Lt. R. Williams


AWARD: Military Cross

-------------Letter Home---------------------
8 August, 1915

Dearest Mother,

I wanted to let you know to keep an eye out on the
Gazette.  A friend of mine back at Brigade HQ told me
I've been put in for a medal.  They say is has something
to do with my destruction of three enemy balloons a few 
days ago.  I don't understand what all the fuss is.  I
was flying out there on patrol, spotted them, and shot them
down.  

Do let me know what it says, if you see anything.

Your loving son,

Robert
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        COMBATS IN THE AIR
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No. 1 RFC
Date:  10/08/1915 
Time:  12:03
Type of Aeroplane: Morane L
Locality: Near Armentieres
Pilot:   2Lt.Robert Williams 
Duty:    Offensive Patrol
Height:  5200 feet

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

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

Got separated from the rest of the flight near Armentieres. 
Spotted enemy balloon on the ground and attacked it.  It 
appeared to explode.  As I had not seen anyone else from my 
flight, I decided to head for home.

I observed a Fokker EIII trailing me and turned to engage him.  
After a short time, he was joined by another Fokker.  The first 
one, (silver or gray in color) crashed after a few short bursts 
of my Lewis gun.

The other one kept after me, but he soon caught fire, and the 
pilot jumped out.  I then headed home.

Signed: 2Lt. R. Williams, MC

AWARD: French Medaille Militaire


        COMBATS IN THE AIR
         -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-   
No. 1 RFC
Date:  18/08/1915 
Time:  16:01
Type of Aeroplane: Bristol D Scout
Locality: North of Lens
Pilot:   2Lt.Robert Williams 
Duty:    Offensive Patrol
Height:  7500 feet

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

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE
Whilst on OP, got separated from the rest of the flight.  
Spotted and shot down two enemy balloons.  Finished patrol 
and headed back to the aerodrome.

Signed: 2Lt. R. Williams, MC


        COMBATS IN THE AIR
         -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-   
No. 1 RFC
Date:  09/03/1916 
Time:  06:00
Type of Aeroplane:Bristol D Scout
Locality: Near Bethune
Pilot:   2Lt.Robert Williams 
Duty:    O.P.
Height:  5200 Feet

Result
[german balloon] - Decisive.

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE
Whilst on OP, we spotted a flight of enemy 2-seaters and 
engaged them.  I damaged two, but failed to bring any down.  
One of their gunners damaged my right lower plane, so I dis-
engaged to better inspect the damage.

Later, I spotted an enemy balloon on the ground and destroyed it.

Signed: 2Lt. R. Williams, MC


        COMBATS IN THE AIR
         -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-   
No. 1 RFC
Date:  14/03/1916 
Time:  09:50
Type of Aeroplane: Bristol D Scout
Locality: Near Roulers
Pilot:   2Lt.Robert Williams 
Duty:    Aerodrome Attack
Height:  5000 feet

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

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

Whilst attacking an enemy aerodrome, I spotted a flight of 
enemy Fokker E-types and engaged.  Fired a short burst at 
one, that pulled up into a loop at low altitude and stalled, 
he never recovered and crashed into the ground.

Attacked a 2nd one, and after about 40 rounds, he caught fire, 
the pilot jumped out.  Finished attack on aerodrome, shooting 
up two hangars.

On the way home, spotted an enemy balloon being hauled down.  
Attacked and destroyed same.

Signed: 2Lt. Robert Williams, MC

AWARD: 1st Bar to Military Cross.

        COMBATS IN THE AIR
         -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-   
No. 1 RFC
Date:  21/03/1916 
Time:  13:50
Type of Aeroplane: Nieuport 16
Locality: Near Ypres
Pilot:   2Lt.Robert Williams 
Duty:    Balloon Defense
Height:  5000 feet

Result

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

Engaged a flight of enemy monoplanes.  Maj. Pilkington got 
one, another crashed for no apparent reason.  Unfortunately, 
they shot down our balloon.

Signed: 2Lt. Robert Williams, MC


        COMBATS IN THE AIR
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No. 1 RFC
Date:  26/03/1916 
Time:  17:51
Type of Aeroplane: Nieuport 16
Locality: Near Ypres
Pilot:   2Lt.Robert Williams 
Duty:    Balloon attack
Height:  5000 feet

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

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

Attacked enemy balloon near Ypres, engaged flight of two 
enemy monoplanes.  I managed to bring one down.

Flew SW for about 15 minutes and found another enemy balloon 
on the ground, blew it up with my rockets.

Signed: 2Lt. R. Williams, MC


        COMBATS IN THE AIR
         -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-   
No. 1 RFC
Date:  01/04/1916 
Time:  05:57
Type of Aeroplane: Nieuport 16
Locality: Near Lille
Pilot:   2Lt.Robert Williams 
Duty:    Barrage Patrol
Height:  5000 feet

Result
Aviatik CI - Decisive.
Aviatik CI - Decisive.

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE
Whilst our assigned duty was barrage patrol, upon reaching 
our assigned area, we spotted a flight of enemy 2-seaters 
orbiting one of our infantry units.  We immediately engaged 
the enemy.  

In the ensuing flight, I emptied my gun with no apparent effect.

Signed: 2Lt. R. Williams, MC

Addition.

After 2Lt Williams left (due to lack of ammunition) two of the 
enemy that he had fired at, caught fire and crashed.  This could 
only have been due to 2Lt. Williams, as I witnessed him putting 
tremendous machine gun fire on both machines.

Signed: Lt. Whitmore, MC, B Flight leader 
-------------------Confidential Report----------------------
From: Maj. Pilkington
To: Brigade HQ
Subject: 2Lt. Williams

Sir, I feel I must insist that 2Lt. Williams be given leave
as soon as possible.  He is showing signs of depression and 
I fear we will lose him if he is not given rest immediately.

Signed: Maj. Pilkington, CO No. 1 Squadron, RFC
-----------------End COnfidential report-----------------

-----------------Letter Home ---------------------------

Dearest Mother,

It was wonderful to be home.  I still don't know why I got
so much time off.  I guess the army realized how exhausted I 
was.  However, I must say, I was surprised.  When I left, I
was the leading RFC ace with 15 victories.  Now it seems I'm
a bit behind.  This fellow Ball, has twice as many victories 
as I do!  I suppose I have my work cut out for me.  

Well, I have to run now, I have a patrol to fly.

Your loving son,

Robert.

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        COMBATS IN THE AIR
         -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-   
No. 1 RFC
Date:  07/10/1916 
Time:  10:00
Type of Aeroplane: FE-8
Locality: Near St. Omer
Pilot:   2Lt.Robert Williams 
Duty:    Offensive Patrol
Height:  7500 feet

Result
Roland CII - Decisive.

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Remarks on Hostile Aircraft: Type, etc,


NARRATIVE

Shortly after taking off, the flight leader spotted a group 
of enemy 2-seaters headed deep behind our lines, and we gave 
chase.  We caught them East of St. Omer, and shot them both down.  
I got one, which caught fire.

Signed: 2Lt R. Williams, MC

PROMOTION: Lieutenant



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