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Lanoe George Hawker

(30th December 1890 -23th November 1916)

Lanoe George Hawker was a British flying ace, with seven credited victories, during the First World War. He was the first British flying ace, and the third pilot to receive the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was killed in a dog fight with the legendary German ace Manfred von Richthofen ('The Red Baron').

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