By George Ramsey Clark; William Oliver Stevens; Carroll Storrs Alden; Herman F Krafft
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Later in the day Little of 'Naval 8' was credited with a two-seater and a D V OOC, while Soar scored his 12th, and final, victory (an Albatros) in concert with Booker. Subsequently awarded the DSC, Soar died in 1971. The 22nd was an unhappy day for 'Naval 10', however. During a fight with Jasta 11, John Sharman's Triplane N6307 broke up — credited to Obit Wilhelm Reinhard, but more likely struck by a shell from Flak Batterie 503 - and John Page, in N5478, was slain by Ltn Otto Brauneck. Reid and Carter extracted a small measure of revenge on the 23rd with D Vs O O C .
Chadwick was credited with one O O C , and he shared in the destruction of another with 22-year-old Fit Sub-Lt Ronald McNeill Keirstead from Wolfeville, Nova Scotia. Fit Sub-Lt Busby was killed over Ramscapelle by Vfw Georg Strasser of Jasta 17, however, his Camel (N6361) being the first to fall victim to a German fighter. Soar of'Naval 8' was flying a Camel on 11 July when he and Fit SubLt J H Thompson brought down a two-seater of FA (A) 235 east of Izel-le-Hameau. Its pilot, Uffz Max Marczinke, was badly wounded and the rear gunner, Uffz Kurt Priifer, succumbed to his wounds.
As he dived, he saw two Nieuport 17s from No 40 Sqn RFC, flown by Lt Ian P R Napier and J A G Brewis, also descending on the German. 'He turned north and I followed, firing whenever the opportunity presented itself, Little reported. 'I noticed that the observer was not returning my fire so I closed in on him. He was losing height all the time, and when a mile east of Bethune I observed my tracers going into his fuselage. I was then firing from a range of 10 to 15 yards. He then nosedived and I dived after him.