Little was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in April 1917 and, by 10 July, he had taken his total to 28, including twin victories in a day on four occasions. With 24 victories on type, he was the Squadron's top scorer with the Triplane, mostly in one particular airframe, N5493, that he christened ‘Blymp’, which also became the nickname of his baby son, Robert.

He fought so effectively on the Lens-Arras front that his fellows nicknamed him ‘Rikki’ after the lethal cobra-killing mongoose, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", in Rudyard Kipling’s hugely popular The Jungle Book. He enjoyed hunting solo, often being the last to return.

New aircraft, Sopwith Camels, arrived at the unit in July, and that month Little used them to add 10 more of his 14 kills for that month.

In the summer of 1917, Little was recalled to RNAS Dover for instructional and administrative duties where he tried a new Sopwith Dolphin and a Spad. He was a Flight Lieutenant, credited with a total of thirty-eight victories, including fifteen destroyed or captured. A bar to his DSC had been gazetted on 29 June, for "exceptional daring and skill in aerial fighting on many occasions", and he received the French Croix de Guerre on 11 July becoming, along with fellow Australian RNAS ace Roderic (Stan) Dallas, one of the first three British Empire pilots to be so decorated. On 11 August 1917, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order "for exceptional skill and daring", followed by a bar to the decoration on 14 September 1917 for "remarkable courage and boldness in attacking enemy machines". He was mentioned in despatches on 11 December, and promoted to flight commander the following month.

Following this period of rest in Walmer, England, in which he was briefly able to enjoy a settled period of family life, Little turned down a desk assignment and volunteered to return to action on the Western Front, joining Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Collishaw's No 3 Squadron RNAS in March 1918. The unit evolved into No 203 Squadron of the new Royal Air Force on 1 April, formed after the merger of the RNAS and the Royal Flying Corps. Now ranked Captain, and again flying Sopwith Camels, Little gained a further nine successes, beginning with a Fokker Triplane on 1 April, and concluding with two kills in one day on 22 May: an Albatros and a DFW.

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