July 25, 1915: Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator, and third overall, to earn the Victoria Cross, for defeating three German two-seat observation aircraft in one day, over the Western Front during World War I.

July 25, 1915: Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator, and third overall, to earn the Victoria Cross, for defeating three German two-seat observation aircraft in one day, over the Western Front during World War I.

World War I English observation balloon of the Royal Flying Corps

World War I English observation balloon of the Royal Flying Corps

7OE-I1-178930 An air attack on the Western Front with a German aircraft in the…

7OE-I1-178930 An air attack on the Western Front with a German aircraft in the…

Royal Flying Corps pilots assemble with their S.E.5a Scouts, one of the fastest aircraft of the war.

Royal Flying Corps pilots assemble with their S.E.5a Scouts, one of the fastest aircraft of the war.

Battle of the Somme. These photo's of the front line were taken by Royal Flying Corps squadrons, 30 June - 1 July 1916. ©Parliamentary Archives

Battle of the Somme. These photo's of the front line were taken by Royal Flying Corps squadrons, 30 June - 1 July 1916. ©Parliamentary Archives

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