Philip Fletcher Fullard
Philip Fletcher Fullard
Philip Fletcher Fullard
  • Country: England
  • Rank: Captain
  • Service: Royal Flying Corps
  • Unit: 1st Squadron
  • Victories: 40
  • Date Of Birth: June 27, 1897
  • Place of Birth: Hatfield
  • Date Of Death: April 24, 1984

In 1916, Fullard transferred from the Royal Fusiliers to the Royal Flying Corps and was an instructor before being assigned to France in April of 1917. Scoring 40 victories that year, Fullard was the highest scoring ace in 1 Squadron and the highest scoring ace to fly Nieuport Scouts. Three days before the final British offensive at Cambrai on November 17, 1917, he suffered a broken leg during an off-duty football match and was unfit for duty until September of the following year. When the war ended, Fullard remained in the Royal Air Force, attained the rank of Air Commodore and retired from service at the end of World War II.

The Glasgow Times, January 7, 1918

"Bag of Four in One Day" Captain Philip Fletcher Fullard, D.S.O., M.C., aged 20, is a fair, curly-haired, good-looking boy, clear-eyed and fresh-complexioned, with regular features. He went fresh from school into an officers' training corps. He has flown in France for about six months and during that time has brought down 42 enemy machines and three balloons.

In a single day (says the "Daily Mail") he brought down four German aeroplanes - his record day's "bag." On another occasion he and another airman brought down seven enemy machines before breakfast, Fullard accounting for three of them. Up to the middle of October of 1917 the squadron to which he belongs had brought down 200 enemy machines, and their number now stands at about 250.

The outstanding feature of Captain Fullard's record is the few casualties his "flight" has suffered. For three months he worked with the same flight of six pilots without a casualty among them, and in that time they brought down more enemy machines than any other flight in France. His achievements are widely known among the flying men at the front, and the French call him "the English ace."