Lano George Hawker

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Lanoe George Hawker was born in Hampshire, England back in 1890 to Henry and Julia.  He was sent to the Stubbington House School at eleven and to the Royal Nave College in Dartmouth.  From there he entered the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich joining the Royal Engineers as an officer cadet. 

He developed a keen interest in flying and was awarded Aviator’s Certificate No. 435 by the Royal Aero Club.  He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1913 being posted the Cork Harbor with the 33rd Fortress Company, three days before Britain entered into World War I.

In 1914, he was in France as a captain with No. 6 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.  In 1915, while flying a reconnaissance mission he was wounded by ground fire.  He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for attaching a German zeppelin.  By 1916 he was promoted to major, in November of that year he was killed in action by Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron).

What you may know about Lanoe is that he was the first British flying ace of the First World War with seven victories.  He was also the third pilot to receive the Victoria Cross.

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Comments (18)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

So many gave their lives for our freedoms.

I can't get: 

Snoopy V.S. The Red Baron -- The Royal Guardsman - YouTube › watch
  out of my mind now!
              Make yourself a great day.


Apr 07, 2021 04:15 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - like Raymond, I kept thinking of Charles M Schulz as I read this real-life story.  

Apr 07, 2021 04:35 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he was one heck of a pilot.  We have to trust that when we fly there are good pilots in control of the plane.

Apr 07, 2021 04:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... certainly a brave and adventurous man who earned each honor he received.

Apr 07, 2021 04:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Some people pursue their passion until the very end. Lano was one of those people. Enjoy your day.

Apr 07, 2021 05:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Okay, I just have to ask how hard was it to shoot down a giant, explosive gas bag and does that count as the 5 (or what ever number needed) kills needed to be an ace?

Aside from that question I will say he was a gallant soldier.

Apr 07, 2021 05:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Apr 07, 2021 05:22 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

I love anything about WW 1 or WW 2. Especially the Snoopy song.  Great post. thanks for sharing.  Make it a great hump day.  Bill Salvatore

Apr 07, 2021 05:45 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It looks like great minds associated your post with Snoopy and the Red Baron.  Wishing you a great day.  A

Apr 07, 2021 06:27 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Thank you for another very interesting biography

Apr 07, 2021 07:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow came up against the Red Baron.  Heard lots of thinks about him and also a song one time.


Apr 07, 2021 07:41 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

James - I see everyone will be singing Snoopy and the Red Baron today.😄

Apr 07, 2021 07:43 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That was true flying back in WW1 James. Just an engine, a gun and an assortment of wood and fabric all glued together...

Apr 07, 2021 08:33 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- many of our minds headed towards Snoopy and the Red Baron!!!  

Apr 07, 2021 11:15 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Wow, he was quite the sharpshooter James. My brother was in the Air Force & I'm sure he came across Lanoe's name & accomplishments when he was studying at the Air Force Academy.

Apr 07, 2021 02:33 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this interesting story of this great pilot.  Many accomplishments.

Apr 07, 2021 07:04 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

In respect and honor of Lano George Hawker.  James, your story of this recognized fighter pilot was going so well, that I was surprised that he went down in a match with the Red Baron.  I did not like that part ---sad.

Apr 08, 2021 09:16 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I love stories about combat flyers in World War 1. They were on the cutting edge of a whole new side of if more was needed.

Sep 26, 2021 02:15 PM