BIOGRAPHY
 
 
 
 
ENSIGN ARISTIDE MORAITINIS
from the April magazine issue of the Hellenic Air force Academy
Contributed by Christos Zafiropoulos, 12-18-10
 

 
 
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
Contributed by Christos Zafiropoulos, 12-18-10


Aristide Moraitinis(1891-1919) was an officer of the Royal Hellenic Navy. He volunteered to be an aviator and served in the Balkan wars of 1912-1913 as a pilot flying French made Farman. After Greece's entry in the First World War in June 1917 he served in the Macedonian front flying English made Sopwith Camel. His missions were to bomb Bulgarian military targets. He was credited with shooting down nine enemy aircraft. In November 1917 he took part in a mission bombing military targets in Constantinople and for his actions he was honoured by the King of England with a D.S.O. (London Gazette 22/11/1917). In 20/1/1918 he took part in the air raid against the German battleships Goeben and Breslau that were in the Dardanelles. He repulsed an attack by 10 enemy aircraft, shooting down three of them. He barely escaped and his plane was heavily damaged. For this action the British government added a bar to his D.S.O. In the 22nd of December 1919 (O.S.) Moraitinis disappeared as he was flying from Thessaloniki to Athens. (newspaper Embros 18-1-1919). He was declared dead a month later as neither his body nor his airplane were found.
 

 
 
 
 
ENSIGN ARISTIDE MORAITINIS
from the April magazine issue of the Hellenic Air force Academy
Contributed by Christos Zafiropoulos, 12-18-10
 

 
 
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