Arthur Percival Foley Rhys- Davids

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The painting is a combination of water colors, and ink on paper.

Arthur Percival Foley Rhys-Davids (26 September 1897 – 27 October 1917) was a British fighter ace of the First World War with 27 confirmed aerial victories.
On 27 October 1917 Rhys-Davids was promoted to lieutenant, backdated to 1 September 1917. That same day he took off on a routine patrol and was last seen flying east of Roeselare chasing a group of German Albatros fighters. The German Air Service credited Leutnant Karl Gallwitz of Jasta 2 with shooting him down. It was not until 29 December 1917, that a German aircraft dropped a note to inform the RFC of Rhys-Davids’s death.

In March 1920 Rhys-Davids’s mother presented the rudder from the plane of Werner Voss (the ace shot down by Rhys-Davids a month before his own death) to the Imperial War Museum. In October 1920 the Secretary of the War Office secured the effects of Rhys-Davids from Germany through diplomatic channels. Rhys-Davids has no known grave but his name is engraved on the Air Services Memorial at Arras, France.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and the Military Cross & Bar.

© Copyright A. Hermann – AH Aviation Art, 2018

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