Lieutenant ELLIS LOUIS GEORGE NEVILLE GRELL – died 5 June 1918
June 5, 2018
Second Lieutenant EDWIN JOHN LEAT – died 8 June 1918
June 7, 2018

Captain John De Camborne PAYNTER – died 6 June 1918

Unit                       215th Sqdn. Royal Air Force

Awards                 D S C

Buried at              DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY

 

Paynter was a  Royal Naval Air Service ace with 10 victories. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross before being killed in a bombing raid.

Paynter joined the RNAS in early 1916 as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant. On 1 January 1918, he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant.

He served in No. 6 and No. 10 RNAS Squadrons, before being injured in a flying accident on 9 April 1917. After his recovery, he joined No. 9 RNAS Squadron; it was while flying with them that he scored his first victory on 27 October 1917. He then transferred to No. 13 RNAS Squadron; he was with them when they became No. 213 Squadron RAF.

Paynter died from wounds suffered during a German bombing raid on his squadron’s aerodrome at Bergues.

DSC Citation: ‘For the good work performed by him during a bombing attack on Ostende Seaplane Base on the 3rd March, 1918, carried out in spite of very adverse weather conditions. He has shown great zeal and courage as a fighting pilot, having destroyed several enemy machines, and been twice wounded in aerial combats.’

Combat record
No. Date/time Aircraft Foe Result Location Notes
No. 9 Naval Squadron RNAS
1 27 October 1917
10:40
Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V fighter Driven down out of control Slijpe, Belgium Shared with Captain Stearne T. Edwards, Flight Commander Harold Stackard, Flight Lieutenant Fred E. Banbury, and Flight Sub-Lieutenants Francis Mellersh, John P. Hales, C. A. Narbeth, Arthur W. Wood, & Merrill S. Taylor.
No. 13 Naval Squadron RNAS
2 5 December 1917
15:05
Sopwith Camel Albatros reconnaissance aircraft Destroyed 4 miles northwest of Wenduine Shared with Flight Sub-Lieutenants John W. Pinder, George C. MacKay, & Maurice L. Cooper
3 29 January 1918
14:00
Sopwith Camel Seaplane Destroyed 100 yards from the pier at Blankenberghe, Belgium Shared with Flight Commander Leonard H. Slatter, and Flight Sub-Lieutenants John E. Greene, George C. MacKay, & Maurice L. Cooper
4 30 January 1918
14:20
Sopwith Camel Albatros reconnaissance aircraft Destroyed 2 miles north of Ostend Shared with Flight Commander Miles Day
5 19 February 1918
13:55
Sopwith Camel Seaplane Destroyed by fire East of Ostend Shared with Flight Commander Miles Day, and Flight Sub-Lieutenants J. C. Stovin, E. V. Bell, & G. D. Smith
No. 213 Squadron RAF
6 6 May 1918
19:50
Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V fighter Destroyed Wenduine, Belgium
7 8 May 1918
19:50
Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V fighter Destroyed Wenduine, Belgium
8 Albatros D.V fighter Driven down out of control
9 1 June 1918
14:20
Sopwith Camel Pfalz D.III fighter Driven down out of control Bruges, Belgium Shared with Lieutenants G. D. Smith, C. H. Denny, F. L. Cuttle & P. L. Jenner
10 Pfalz D.III fighter Driven down out of control Shared with Lieutenant G. D. Smith

 

 

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