WORSLEY, Oswald Ewart – Flight Lieutenant – High Speed Flight – Mention in Despatches – awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 June 1919 for services in Egypt and Palestine. Information from Spink catalogue of 23 July 2013.

‘This Officer has carried out many long and successful patrols. He has always worked with keenness and alacrity.’

Flight Lieutenant Oswald Ewart Worsley, born at Kensington, London, in 1898, and was educated at Merton House and Westbourne Schools. He joined up as a mechanic in the R.N.A.S. in 1914, became Flight Officer in January, 1917, and was promoted Flight Sub-Lieutenant in the following June. On formation of the R.A.F., he was made Flight-Lieutenant, and during 1918, he served in the Mediterranean and was specially mentioned in dispatches. He left the Service in 1919, but returned as a short service officer in July 1921, and was granted a permanent commission early in 1925’; gained R.A.C. Flying Certificate No. 7296), 4.5.1917; appointed Flight Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Service 27.6.1917; subsequent service included at Vendome, Cranwell and Calshot; posted as a pilot to the Seaplane Base, Alexandria (Shorts 184), April 1918; carried out numerous patrols and convoy escorts from May; was part of a crew that flew a Large America F3 that carried out a return flight from Alexandria to Suda Bay, Crete, November 1918; this was requested by General Salmond and was for the express purpose of escorting a Handley-Page to Alexandria.

Having re-entered service after the War, he was part of the team that had won the Schneider Trophy for Britain at Venice 1927 – when they also set a world speed record; Flight gives the following ‘The Trophy Race for seaplanes, originally scheduled to take place at Venice on Sunday, September 25th, had to be postponed until Monday, September 26th, owing to unfavourable weather conditions.

By Monday, midday, the conditions had improved, and the race was held, resulting in a win for Great Britain, at the impressive average speed of 453.282 km/h (218.54 mph). The winning machine, the Supermarine S.5 geared with Napier engine, was piloted by Flight-Lieutenant Webster. Second place was secured by Flight-Lieutenant Worsley on another Supermarine S.5, similar to the winner but fitted with a direct-drive Napier engine. His average speed was 439.472 km/h (272.96mph). The total length of the course was 350 kms (217 miles)’; posted to 503 (Country of Lincoln) Squadron, Waddington, November 1928.