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BISHOP, WILLIAM AVERY, VC, CB, DSO & BAR, MC, DFC, ED

Service:Royal Canadian Air Force
Rank:Air Marshal
Date of Birth:8 February 1894
Date of Death:11 September 1956 (Aged 62 years)
Decorations:Victoria Cross
Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and Bar
Military Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Canadian Efficiency Decoration

Citations

Victoria Cross:
For most conspicuous bravery, determination and skill.
Captain Bishop, who had been sent out to work independently, flew first of all to an enemy aerodrome; finding no machine about, he flew on to another aerodrome about three miles south-east, which was at least twelve miles the other side of the line. Seven machines, some with their engines running, were on the ground. He attacked these from about fifty feet, and a mechanic, who was starting one of the engines, was seen to fall. One of the machines got off the ground, but at a height of sixty feet Captain Bishop fired fifteen rounds into it at very close range, and it crashed to the ground.
A second machine got off the ground, into which he fired thirty rounds at 150 yards range, and it fell into a tree.
Two more machines then rose from the aerodrome. One of these he engaged at the heigh of 1,000 feet, emptying the rest of his drum of ammunition. This machine crashed 300 yards from the aerodrome, after which Captain Bishop emptied a whole drum into the fourth hostile machine, and then flew back to his station.
Four hostile scouts were about 1,000 feet above him for about a mile of his return journey, but they would not attack.
His machine gun was very badly shot about by machine gun fire from the ground.

Distinguished Service Order:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While in a single-seater he attacked three hostile machine, two of which he brought down, although in the meantime he was himself attacked by four other hostile machines. His courage and determination have set a fine example to others.

Bar to the Distinguished Service Order:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when engaging hostile aircraft. His consistent dash and great fearlessness have set a magnificent example to the pilots of his squadron. He has destroyed no less than 45 hostile machines within the past 5 months, frequently attacking enemy formations singlehanded, and on all occasions displaying a fighting spirit and determination to get to close quarters with his opponents which have earned the admiration of all in contact with him.

Military Cross:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He attacked a hostile balloon on the ground, dispersed the crew and destroyed the balloon, and also drove down a hostile machine which attacked him. He has on several other occasions brought down hostile machines.

External Links

The London Gazette - Victoria Cross Citation (10 August 1917)
The London Gazette - Companion of the Order of the Bath Announcement (8 June 1944)
The London Gazette - Distinguished Service Order Citation (18 June 1917)
The London Gazette - Bar to the Distinguished Service Order Citation (9 January 1918)
The London Gazette - Military Cross Citation (25 May 1917)
The London Gazette - Distinguished Flying Cross Announcement (2 July 1918)
Wikipedia

Record updated on 28 November 2017.


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