Title: Distinguished Service Order, 3 April 1918, Alan Arnett McLeod
Author: E. L. Gossage
Source: Original in Canadian War Museum. Copy in the Archives of Manitoba, P5148, Alan Arnett McLeod.
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Transcription

1st (Corps) Wing. 1st. R.A.F. 3rd April 1918
No. 2 Sqdn. [Squadron] Temp. 2nd. Lieut. [Lieutenant]
R.A.F. Alan ARNETT
McLeod.
General List
Major
W. R. SNOW.
DSO. MC.
Commanding
No. 2 Sqdn.
R.A.F.
Lt. Col.
E. L. GOSSAGE
MC.
Commanding
1st. Wing.
R.A.F.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER
For the most conspicuous gallantry and extra-
ordinary coolness in aerial fighting against
greatly superior numbers, utter disregard of
personal safety in rescueing his observer from
fire and heated bombs, under heavy enemy fire,
and for most valuable work on many other
occasions; particulary as follows:-
On 27th. March 1918, whilst flying with his
observer, Lieut. A. W. HAMMOND, M.C. East of ALBERT
attacking hostile formations with machine gun
fire and bombs, he was attacked at 5, 000 feet
by eight enemy Scouts (Triplanes) which dived
from all directions, firing their front guns.
By great skill and coolness in flying, 2/Lt.
MCLEOD enabled Lieut HAMMOND to fire bursts
at each machine gun in turn, shooting three of them
down out of control. Up to this time
2/Lieut MCLEOD had received 5 wounds. He was
continuing the engagement when a bullet penetrated
the petrol tank of his machine, which caught
fire. He managed to however, to climb out on to
the left bottom plane, controlling his machine
from the side of the fuselage; side slipping
steeply, thus keeping the flames to one side
and enabling his observer to continue firing
until the machine reached the ground.
Lieut. Hammond had been wounded six times
Machine crashed in "No Man's Land" 2/Lt.
McLeod despite his wounds and under very heavy
machine gun fire from the enemy lines, at great
personal risk dragged Lieut Hammond, who was
more seriously hit than himself, away from the
burning wreckage and the bombs on the machine.
/continued.

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