BRIEF GLORY The Life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO


Arthur Rhys Davids was a friend and Squadron pilot with Albert Ball V.C. and the legendary McCudden V.C. both from the Squadron of Aces, number 56 Squadron. This was the Squadron formed from the “Top Guns” of the day to get Richthofen and his Flying Circus of aces, with whom they clashed several times. Rhys-Davids certainly fought many of these top German aces, including Werner Voss, He shot down around 23 of their number before he himself was killed.His epitaph was spoken best by the great ace McCudden V.C who said: “If ever you saw a single fighter, fighting like hell amongst a crowd of Germans over the front lines in 1917, then that was Rhys-Davids”.

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