Major D. M. B. Galbraith, DSC (Bar)
SAC 1914-1915

Daniel Murray Bayne Galbraith was born April 27, 1895 in Carlton Place, Ontario and attended St Andrew's College from 1914-1915. When the war began, Galbraith was a student in Toronto. 

In 1915, accompanied by Arthur Brown and Stearne Edwards, he enrolled at the Wright School in Dayton, Ohio. After obtaining his pilot's certificate, he joined the Royal Naval Air Service and was assigned to 1 Naval Wing in France. In October 1916, having scored two victories with Nieuport scouts, he was reassigned to the newly formed 8 Naval Squadron. On 23 November 1916, he scored his final victory of the war. Flying alone in a Sopwith Pup, he engaged six German two-seaters near Cambrai, shooting one of them down. 

Captain Daniel Murray Bayne Galbraith, DSCAfter returning to England for rest, he was an instructor and participated in anti-submarine operations in Italy during 1918. Galbraith was killed in an automobile accident three years later on March 29, 1921 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

  • Attended Wright School in Dayton, Ohio; 
  • Appointed Probationary Flight Sub-Lieutenant, RNAS, in Ottawa;
  • To Chingford, 15 November 1915; 
  • To Cranwell, 1 April 1916; 
  • To Eastchurch, 20 June 1916; 
  • To Dover, 29 May 1916; 
  • Original member of No.8 (N) Squadron, 25 October 1916; 
  • Invalided 7 December 1916; 
  • To Air Department, MAD, 7 March 1917; 
  • To Manston, 26 June 1917; 
  • To Redcar, as instructor, 22 April 1918; 
  • To Eastchurch, 6 May 1918; 
  • To Air Ministry, 30 August 1918; 
  • To 11 (Irish) Group for 55 Wing, 25 September 1918. 
Distinguished Service Cross
"In recognition of his services in attacking a large enemy two-seater seaplane on 28 September 1916. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Galbraith's machine was severely damaged by gun fire from the enemy machine, which finally blew up in the air." 
DSC citation, London Gazette, 25 October 1916
Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross
"For conspicuous gallantry. On 23 November 1916, he attacked single-handed a formation of six hostile aircraft, no other Allied machines being in the vicinity. One hostile machine was shot down, a second was driven down under control, and the remaining four machines then gave up the fight and landed. In several other combats in the air, Flight Lieutenant Galbraith has displayed exceptional gallantry, particularly on 10 and 16 November 1916, on each of which days he successfully engaged and shot down an enemy machine."  
DSC Bar citation, London Gazette, 16 February 1917
NOTE:  Public Records Office Air 1/74 has recommendation submitted 28 September 1916 from Headquarters, RNAS Dunkirk, which renders his name as "David M. B. Galbraith".

"On September 28th, 1916, this officer, whilst patrolling the sea, sighted a large enemy two-seater seaplane. The enemy machine blew up in the air, probably caused by his bombs having been struck and exploded.  From the position, it appears probable that this machine was on its way to attack the doutheast coast of England.  Flight Sub-Lieutenant Galbraith's machine was severely damaged by gunfire from the enemy, his windscreen and gun sight being shot away in the early part of the encounter, but the pilot continued his attack. This encounter was witnessed by the pilot and observer of a French seaplane.

In addition to the above, on July 21st, this officer encountered a hostile seaplane off Ostend, and the enemy machine gained the advantage of position. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Galbraith looped his machine over the German, thus gaining the desired position behind. The German pilot was seen to be hit, and the machine fell in a vertical dive and broke into flames.  This officer is an extremely plucky pilot, and has rendered consistently good service since June 12th, 1916."

French Croix de Guerre
French Croix de Guerre
"Le 27 septembre 1916, est parti à la recherche d'une appareil signalé.  A livré, à 10 milles en mer un combat à un hydavion ennemi sur lequel il a ouvert le feu à très courte distance.  A abbatu cet avion qui s'est brisé en morceux au cours de sa chute.  A eu son appareil gravement endommagé par le feu de l'ennemi."
This award not finally gazetted until London Gazette dated 28 February 1922, when it was noted that it had been conferred in 1916; DHist cards suggested November 1917. However, Public Records Office Air 1/74 has a memo dated 20 October 1916 stating that Colonel Barres (Commanding French air forces) had conferred the award on Galbraith, effective that day. The same file carries a copy of No.36 Army Corps, General Order No.30, dated 8 October 1916, citing Sub-Lieutenant S.J. Goble, Sub-Lieutenant E.R. Grange, and Sub-Lieutenant M.B. Galbraith.
Mentioned in Despatches