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Pup A7327 of Capt S H Pratt, 46 Sqn.Stuart Harvey Pratt was born in 1893 and lived in London. Joining the Royal Fusiliers, Pratt was wounded in action in France. In June 1916 he transferred to the RFC and on completing his pilot training joined 46 Sqn to fly Nieuport two seater’s. With his observer he scored two victories, one of whom was 11 victory ace Ltn Hans von Keundell of Jasta 27. Re-equiped with the Sopwith "Pup" , Stuart Pratt became a flight commander and scored a further 5 victories bringing his total score to seven. On 25 May Capt S H Pratt scored his third victory when he sent an Albatross down out of control as depicted in the painting.Returning to England in June 1917. Pratt served with No. 112 Home Defence Sqn. On 12 August he engaged a Gotha bomber raiding England but had to break off due to jammed guns, he was flying Pup B1773. It was in the same aircraft he crashed during gunnery practice at Herne Bay. Having lost
The Captain’s Skull & Cossbones - Sopwith Scout (Pup)
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his right eye and left foot in the accident, Pratt was invalided out of the service.In 1941 he volunteered for duty with the RAF Volunteer Reserve as a flight lieutenant with the Air Training Corps.Capt. Pratt's Pup A7327 featured a skull and crossbones on it's wheel covers. The ace scored all five of his Pup victories in this machine between 25 May and 17 June 1917.Capt. Pratt received just one Mention in Despatches and was never put forward for any decorations.