1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record


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

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

Other memories

No additional memories have been submitted

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.