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- £500 - £600
- ($861 - $1,034)
30 April 1991
London, King Street
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INDENTD.F.M. London Gazette 3.12.1918. Sergeant Mechanic James Grant (Sandbank, Argyllshire). (France). "A gallant and capable non-commissioned officer who has accounted for six enemy aeroplanes. On 1st September, whilst on a bomb raid his formation was attacked by fifteen Fokker biplanes and five triplanes. In the severe fighting that ensued Sergeant Grant served his gun with exceptional skill, crashing one enemy machine, and it was largely due to his good shooting that the enemy were eventually driven off."
Sergeant Observer James Grant, D.F.M. served with 57 Squadron (D.H.4's) during photographic reconnaissance and bombing operations from Le Quesnoy, France, March to September, 1918. 57 Squadron suffered heavy casualties during these missions, but the Squadron's record of achievement was consistently high. Royal Air Force communiqés, 1918 refer to Sergeant Grant as follows: 10th June, when in company with his pilot, Lieutenant Peckham during a bombing raid over Bapaume, Grant's aircraft was attacked by eight Fokkers, one of which Sergeant Grant shot down in flames. Later the same day Grant shot down another enemy aircraft (communiqué No. 11); 14th August, when with Lieutenant E.M. Coles, Grant shot down a hostile machine on their tail, when returning from a bombing raid. The enemy pilot was seen to descend by parachute (communiqué No. 20); 1st September, during the course of bombing raids carried out by 57 Squadron, a number of enemy scouts were successfully engaged. Lieutenant Coles and Sergeant Grant destroyed a hostile machine (communiqué No. 22); 5th September, in company with Captain A. McGregor, Grant's aircraft was attacked by a Fokker biplane which burst into flames. The pilot was seen to jump from his machine, apparently without a parachute (communiqué No. 23).
Corporal John Grant served with the 1/8th Battalion, Argyll and
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