|Birth: ||Jul. 19, 1895|
|Death: ||May 27, 1918|
Flight Commander Captain ROBERT LITTLE, he was awarded the following DSO and DSO Bar, DSC and DSC Bar, French Croix de Guerre (star/France)
No 203 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Died on 27th May 1918 aged 22
Son of James Little, of Collins St, Melbourne
Husband of Vera Little, of 263, Collins St, Melbourne, Australia
With 47 victories to his name Little was Australia's highest scoring ace. Having sailed at his own expense from Melbourne to England Little joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915.
Following a period of bombing raids off Dunkirk Little was posted to the Western Front and 8 Naval Squadron on 26 October 1916.
All of Little's victories were to be achieved with a Sopwith aircraft of one sort or another, including the Pup, Triplane and the Camel. In March 1918 Little joined 3 Naval Squadron (Later 203 Squadron RAF) as a Flight Commander.
The end came on the night of 27 May, when he went up alone from Ezil le Hamel to intercept enemy bombers in the dark. Fatally wounded in the groin, he crashed near Norviz where he was found next morning. He was buried in the village cemetery at Norviz, and subsequently in Wavans British cemetery, France. He was 22. Conforming to his wish, his widow brought their infant son to grow up in Australia.
Grave: D 7
He married Vera Gertrude Field, at the Congregational Church, Dover, on 16 September 1916.
Little is officially credited with a tally of 47 enemy planes brought down. He is Australia's World War I ace of aces: the next officially recognized 'victories' of Australians were 39 by his friend Major R. S. Dallas and 29 by Captain A. H. Cobby. Little ranks eighth of all British Commonwealth aces, and fourteenth of all aces from both sides of the conflict. Major (Air Vice Marshal) R. R. Collishaw, his commanding officer in 'Naval 3', wrote of him: 'Little had an outstanding character. Bold, aggressive and courageous yet he was gentle and kindly … his example was a tribute to the high standards of Australian manhood'.
Wavans British Cemetery
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Plot: D 7
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Record added: Sep 13, 2012
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