At the completion of his schooling, at the beginning of WWI, Robert Little sailed to England to enlist in the Royal Naval Air Service. Three months later, at the age of 20, he was commissioned as a probationary Flight Sub- Lieutenant, and began reconnaissance flights along the coast of France.
He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in 1917 and to Commander in January 1918 with No. 3 Naval Fighter Squadron, flying a Sopwith Camel. In April 1918, after the merging of the Royal Flying Corps and the Naval Air Service, Little was promoted to Captain in 203 Squadron Royal Air Force.
Little was awarded a Distinguished Service Order and Bar, a Distinguished Service Cross and Bar, and the Croix de Guerre with Star (France). He still holds the record for the most enemy aircraft destroyed by an Australian pilot, some 47 aircraft.
Robert Little was fatally wounded in May 1918.
(1895 – 1918)