The Exceptional Great War Observer’s M.C., Pilot’s M.C. Bar for second award and D.F.C. group of eight to Captain A.W.F. Glenny, Royal Air Force late Army Service Corps. Observer, 5 Squadron (M.C.), Pilot 50 Sqd, 9 Sqd., 7 Sqd. (Bar to M.C. & D.S.O. Recom
The Exceptional Great War Observer’s M.C., Pilot’s M.C. Bar for second award and D.F.C. group of eight to Captain A.W.F. Glenny, Royal Air Force late Army Service Corps.Observer, 5 Squadron (M.C.), Pilot 50 Sqd, 9 Sqd., 7 Sqd. (Bar to M.C. & D.S.O. Recommendation – received D.F.C.) ‘M’ Flight, (C. de G.) and 20 Squadron after the Great War. -13 M.C. & bar, D.F.C.’s to R.A.F. for The Great War.
Military Cross G.V.R. with bar for second award, unnamed as issued, Distinguished Flying Cross G.V.R. unnamed as issued, 1914-15 Star (2.Lieut. A.W.F. Glenny, A.S.C.) British War and Victory Medals (Capt. A.W.F. Glenny, R.A.F.) Geo. V. India General Service 1908-35, 3 clasps, Mahsud 1919-20, Waziristan 1919-21, Waziristan 1921-24. (F/Lt. A.W.F. Glenny, R.A.F.) 1937 Coronation, W.W.1. BelgianCroix de Guerre. Mounted as worn.
Presented by the King at Buckingham Palace Spring 1918, M.C. London Gazette 17 September 1917 “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion toduty when in co-operation with our artillery. By dint of great perseverance, skill and very gallant flying he has accomplished splendid work under very difficult circumstances. On one occasion during a gale of wind, he successfully ranged three of our heavy batteries upon an enemy battery, which was completely obliterated. He has consistently set a very fine example to his Squadron”.
Second Military Cross -
Original recommendation for Bar to M.C. “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion toduty, for the extremely high merit of his work in reconnaissance and as a Artillery Officer, for constant display of initiative and resource and for continuously setting a fine example of keenness and resolve”. In particular on the following occasions – 7 dates listed with details, one here for example “On 11.April 1918 When he led an Offensive Patrol under extremely bad weather conditions, it being impossible to fly above 300 feet. After obtaining some valuable information, in his R.E.8. he was shot down in the lines near ARMENTIERES but was instrumental in conveying valuable information to Brigade H.Q. from the Battalion Commander. After this, he went under fire to a hostile machine which was crashed and brought back the German signals for communication between aircraft, Artillery and Infantry. I have to add that on many occasions the C.B.S.O. and the S.O.R.A. have expressed their high appreciation of this Officer’s distinguished services in co-operation with Artillery”.Bar to M.C. London Gazette 26 July 1918 “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion toduty, both in reconnaissance and as a Artillery Observer. On one occasion, although shot down, he brought in valuable information. On several occasions, he conducted several knock-out shoots with various batteries, obtained excellent photographs and did much good work of a very high standard”.Another recommendation for ‘award’ was sent in on 30 September 1918 for his September work – no award received.
Distinguished Flying Cross
Original recommendation for an immediate award of theDistinguished Service Orderfor continuous gallantry and skill when flying in active operations against the enemy, in Counter Battery work, Photography and Reconnaissance. In addition to his excellent work in the air this Officer has performed all his duties on the ground in a highly efficient and painstaking manner. Through his exertions all the Officers in his flight obtained a high standard of training. I would draw attention to the excellent performance of this Officer on16/5/1918. 18 dates listed with details, one here for example 16 May 1918Photography, 15 plates exposed over Corps Counter Battery Area. In the middle of this flight he was attacked by 12 enemy scouts. His Observers gun jambed and they were driven down to 2000 feet, but by extremely skilful handling of his machine, Captain GLENNY avoided serious damage. After the scouts had been driven off, he returned immediately and carried on with the shoot. The Army Commander sent a special message of congratulations through 2ndBrigade for this performance which was witnessed and reported to him by several people on the ground. The whole fight lasted 4 hours 20 mins.D.F.C. London Gazette 3.12.1918 (France) “This Officer has rendered valuable and gallant service on many occasions when on photographic and other reconnaissance’s. On 16thMay, when directing fire on a hostile battery, he was attacked by twelve hostile scouts; his Observer’s gun jammed and he was driven down to 2,000 feet, but handling his machine with great skill, he avoided serious damage’ after the scouts had been driven off he returned and carried on the shoot with successful results. In this flight which lasted four hours, he succeeded in taking fifteen photographs over corps counter battery area”.BelgianCroix de GuerreLondon Gazette 15 July 1919.Original recommendation for awardwith this citation Flight Commander, ‘M’ Flight. “This Officer was placed in charge of ‘M’ Flight on formation on 6.10.1918 a few days before the battle started. He showed the greatest energy and keenness in commanding this Flight and I consider it is largely due to his efforts that the Flight carried on without machine and engine troubles as is not the case with the other Bristol Flights. He has maintained the right offensive spirit in his flight and all his Officers show the greatest energy and dispatch in their work” dated 11.11.1918.Original recommendation for ‘Mention’ (W.W.1.)with this citation. “This Officer has done excellent work in maintaining a high standard of efficiency in ‘M’ Flight since 11thNovember 1918. This efficiency has been severely tested and I consider this Officer deserves recognition for the manner in which his command has acquitted itself” dated 18.1.1919.Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 25.October 1940 Royal Air Force. Air Commodore, M.C., D.F.C. (now retired)Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette20 June 1941Royal Air Force. Air Commodore, M.C., D.F.C.Arthur Willoughby Falls Glenny. Born 2 March 1897, lived in Newry, Co Down, Ireland. Gazetted 2.Lieutenant in the Army Service Corps. In 1915. Seconded to the R.F.C. as an Observer with 5 Squadron October 1915-May 1916. On 19 December 1915 Glenny with his Pilot (2/Lieut. Cooper) in their BE2c 4501 on Counter Battery Work were attacked over Elverdinghe by a Fokker and two or three Aviatiks.Combat Report “Several hostile machines appeared coming from the South at a great altitude. I kept them in sight until they manoeuvred so as to get between us and the sun, which was very strong. I was unable to locate them again until they opened fire at close range, and I immediately turned sharply to engage the one on my left hand side. My Observer was trying to cover the machine on the right hand side which had turned and overtaken us. Both machines which I think were Aviatik’s (or L.V.G.’s) were very much faster than ours. In trying to manoeuvre for a shot my machine “side slipped” and nose dived. Almost before we recovered the enemy were firing on us again, and there appeared to be two machines, above and below us. I dived on one but my gun for some reason would not fire, so I turned to give my Observer a chance. At that moment our top petrol tank was pierced and we were forced to land. We were then about 8,000feet up, and able to reach the aerodrome”.
Lieutenant 2 February 1916. Trained as a Pilot, Royal Aero Club Aviators Certificate (No. 3205) 1 July 1916 qualifying for his ‘Wings’ 4 August 1916. Sent to the Home Defence as a Pilot in 50 Squadron stationed at Dover flying a BE2c (Pilot only to save weight for height needed to reach Zepps.) on 23/24 September 1916 (night) against 12 Navy Zeppelins against London. Then 52 squadron in France November 1916-May 1917, on to 9 Squadron as A/Captain May 1917-August 1917, then with R.E.8 equipped 7 Squadron as A/Captain, Flight Commander January 1918 - October 1918, then ‘M’ Squadron October 1918-March 1919. A permanent Commission followed Captain 1 August 1919 in the R.A.F. after the Great War and between the Wars served in 20 Squadron as Flight Commander September 1919, Staff Officer H.Q., R.A.F. India 1921, Officer Commanding 28 Squadron July 1922 - December 1923, Sqd. Leader 1922, Squadron Commander, School of Army Co-operation 1924, attended R.A.F. Staff College 1926, Staff Officer H.Q. Wessex Bombing Area 1927, Senior R.A.F. Officer H.M.S. Hermes 1930, Wing Commander 1931, attended Senior Officers War Course 1933, Imperial Defence College 1934, Staff Officer H.Q. 22 Group and Deputy Directorate of Equipment 1935 and Staff Duties 1936, A/Group Captain 1936, Aircraft Depot, India 1938, Commanding Officer 1 Indian Group R.A.F. Retired as Air Commodore. Died in Switzerland in 1947. Two original oblique photographs 1916. Copy M.I.C., Aviator’s Certificate, 7 and 9 Squadron articles. Newspaper articles by him “Give our Airman the Credit” Evening Telegraph 16 May 1944, “New Air Weapons can finish the Nazis” Evening News and Post 15 July 1945. Fifty pages of his War Experiences 1915-1923, written as Squadron Leader 1923.Wrote "Attack from the Air" & "The Med. Air Power & the Second Front" (Both books included)