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A Good Royal Flying Corps Military Cross and Pair.

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A Good Royal Flying Corps Military Cross and Pair.

Military Cross (Geo V) in case of issue; British War and Victory Medals, Lieut R.M.D. Fairweather. R.F.C.

Reginald Micheal Duff Fairweather was born on the 21st May 1895 in Blackhall, Midlothian, Scotland. The eldest son of Rev David Fairweather of Morningside U.F. Church, Edinburgh.  At the outbreak of the war he was a student at Edinburgh University and enlisted on the 14th September 1917, initially into the Royal Scots, the H.L.I. and transferring to the R.F.C.

Military Cross, London Gazette 9th January 1918.

2nd Lt (T/Lt) Reginald Michael Duff Fairweather, High. L.I. Spec Res and R.F.C.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when co-operating with artillery.  He has carried out an exceptional number of successful shoots during the last eight months. on one occasion ranging a howitzer on a hostile battery, destroying the ammunition and wrecking the battery position.  He has consistently shown great skill in carrying out his duties as an observer.

His MIC confirms he only received a pair and shows him living in Blackhall in 1921.

Served in 7 Squadron during the War, details from the records of 7 Squadron contain the following:

SUNDAY, 12 AUGUST 1917

“Our aeroplanes and balloons carried out a great deal of successful work yesterday, in conjunction with our artillery. Many photographs were taken by in, and four hostile aerodromes were heavily bombed during the day.

“Enemy aircraft were again particularly aggressive. In air fighting nine German aeroplanes were brought down, two of which fell within our lines, and eight other hostile machines were driven down out of control. Seven of our machines are missing.”

Lt Green & Lt Fairweather, 7 Sqn, Albatros Scout in flames – on the evening of the 12th, Lts Green & Fairweather, 7 Squadron, while on artillery work, were attacked by an Albatros scout. Lt Green put his machine into a spin and his Observer (Fairweather) fired a drum into the EA which went into a spin, burst into flames and crashed

The Aircraft shot down by Fairweather was flown by Uffz Friedrich Wassermann, Js27, KIA, Ypres, on Albatros D.III (G.61) by Lts FM Green & RMD Fairweather, 7 Sqn RFC.

“Enemy aircraft were again particularly aggressive. In air fighting nine German aeroplanes were brought down, two of which fell within our lines, and eight other hostile machines were driven down out of control. Seven of our machines are missing.”

No 7 Squadron RFC was at Proven East aerodrome from 23 May 1917 to 12 April 1918 and re-equipped with RE8s during July 1917.

 Artillery Co-operation — 113 targets were successfully engaged from aeroplane observation and 11 by balloon observation.

Photography — 901 photographs were taken during the day.

Fairweather transferred to the unemployed list 15th April 1919.

1939 census shows him as living in Leeds.

Died 15th March 1959 in Leeds.

Condition – GVF, some slight damage to box.