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Claxton, William Gordon 'Dozy' DSO (Lieutenant)

Prisoner of War 1918-06-30

Male Head

Birth Date: 1899-06-01 (age 68)

Born: Gladstone, Manitoba

George Claxton & Victoria Claxton

unmarried

Home: Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment: Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Enlistment Date: 1915-03-30

Decorations: DSO, DFC and bar,MiD


Distinguished Service OrderMentioned in Dispatches
Service
RAF
Unit
41 (F) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Base
France
Rank
Lieutenant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
pilot
Service Numbers
70416
Claxton was assigned to 41 Sqn, France in March 1918. Beginning in May, he scored 37 victories in 79 days and became the highest scoring ace in his squadron. On the morning of 1918-08-17, Claxton's flight, under the command of Frederick McCall, encountered Jasta 20 while patrolling the front. In the ensuing battle, Claxton was shot down behind enemy lines. Suffering from a serious head wound, he was captured east of Wervicq. The immediate skills of a German doctor saved his life and Claxton was repatriated on 1918-12-10.

Lieutenant William Gordon 'Dozy' Claxton was cremated.


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