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The leading Australian ace, Robert Little flew this aircraft for three victories including a victory over an Halberstadt D.II as depicted in the painting.Robert Little became known in his squadron as a crack marksman and a skilled and daring pilot in the air. He also became known for his willingness to fly extremely close to the enemy to take full advantage of his marksmanship skills. By May of 1918 Little had 47 victories to his credit and was flying a Sopwith Camel in 203 RAF. During this period the German bomber formations were doing night raids along the front upon allied airfields and the larger German bombers were travelling to England to unload their cargo of bombs. Many squadrons flew dusk and night patrols
Robert Little - Sopwith Scout (Pup)
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to attack enemy bombers, Robert Little was on such a patrol when he attacked a Gotha bomber on the 27th of May 1918. A searchlight searching for the bomber swung onto Little and blinded him, the rear gunner of the Gotha took the opportunity to fire at the Camel and Little was hit in either the stomach or both thighs. Little crash landed near Noeux but by the time his plane was found he had bled to death. The next day a gendarme called upon Major C Booker, Commander of 201 squadron and reported an Allied machine had crashed nearby. Booker accompanied the gendarme to the plane and was horrified to see his old friend Robert Little dead. Robert Alexander Little was buried in Wavans cemetery and was survived by a wife and child.