1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

VICTOR YEATES

Contributed by: DAVID YEATES, on 2008-11-05

VICTOR YEATES
Rank
First Name VICTOR
Surname YEATES
Year of Birth 1897
Year of Death 1934
Regiment Royal Flying Corps
Place of Wartime Residence Sidcup, Kent

VICTOR's Story

Victor Maslin Yeates, my grandfather, was a WW1 Sopwith Camel Pilot with 46 and 80 Squadrons. His novel Winged Victory is widely considered to be one of the classics on aerial warfare in the Great War. This work relies heavily on his own experiences of flying on th Western Front in 1918 during the German 'March Push' and the Allied offensive in August. Victor completed 248 flying hours in Camels, crashed twice, was shot down twice and survived.

VICTOR YEATES

Victor succumbed to tuberculosis, attributable to the strain of combat flying, in 1934 at the age of 37

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