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Sydney (Poppy) Pope
CBE MC DFC AFC
Nickname Poppy
Born (1898-03-27)27 March 1898
Died 5 November 1980(1980-11-05) (aged 82)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Place of death Rustington Kent
Buried at Rustington
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Years of service 33 years
Rank Lieutenant (later Group Captain)
Unit No. 60 Squadron RFC
Commands held No. 54 Squadron RAF, RAF Debden
Battles/wars France 1939-40 Fairy Battles 1940-41 A.O.C Leuchers, Fife.Hudsons,Beauforts and others
Awards Military Cross, Air Force Cross Distinguished Flying Cross and Military Cross, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), Knight Commander order of Orange and Nassau (Netherlands),
Relations Daughter Felicity , Ibiza. Son Michael West Van. B.C. Canada
Other work Rose to [Air Commodore]

Air Commodore Sydney Leo Gregory ("Poppy") Pope, CBE MC DFC AFC (born Ireland 27 March 1898 - died 5 November 1980) was a World War I flying ace credited with six aerial victories.[1] He made the Royal Air Force his career, retiring in 1946 after serving in Bomber Command's B5 Group[2]

World War IEdit

Pope joined the Inns of Court Army Officer Training Corps as a lance corporal in 1916 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1916.[3] He was assigned to 60 Squadron in Bloody April 1917, where he originally flew a Nieuport fighter. Pope scored twice with a Nieuport, on 8 and 20 June 1917. He then upgraded to a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5 and destroyed an Albatros D.III on 16 September. Switching to a slightly improved SE.5a, he destroyed two reconnaissance planes on 8 November and a D.III on the 11th. One week later, he was wounded and forced to land near Saint Juliendisambiguation needed. He ended the war with a Military Cross.[4]

Postwar serviceEdit

He served in Iraq and Egypt. In 1932, he commanded 54 Squadron. He was awarded an Air Force Cross. By 1939, he was in command of RAF Debden as a Wing Commander. He ended his career as an Air Commodore.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  • Above the Trenches: a Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. Christopher F. Shores, Norman L. R. Franks, Russell Guest. Grub Street, 1990. ISBN 0-948817-19-4, ISBN 978-0-948817-19-9.

EndnotesEdit

  1. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/ireland/pope.php Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  2. Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 306. 
  3. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/ireland/pope.php Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  4. Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 306. 
  5. Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 306. 

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