Published:  01:41 AM, 02 December 2019

Indra Lal Roy

Indra Lal Roy

Indra Lal Roy is the sole Indian World War I flying ace. He is designated as First Indian Fighter Aircraft Pilot. While serving in the Royal Flying Corps and its successor, the Royal Air Force, he claimed ten aerial victories; five aircraft destroyed (one shared), and five 'down out of control' (one shared) in just over 170 hours flying time. The second son of Piera Lal Roy and Lolita Roy, he was born in Calcutta, where his father was a barrister and Director of Public Prosecutions. He was nicknamed "Laddie".Roy came from a highly qualified and distinguished family. The Roy family is a Bengali family originally from the Barisal district in present-day Bangladesh. When the First World War broke out, Roy was attending St Paul's School, Hammersmith in London, England.

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