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William Avery "Billy" Bishop
Birth: Feb. 8, 1894
Owen Sound
Ontario, Canada
Death: Sep. 11, 1956
Palm Beach
Florida, USA

Canadian World War I Flying Ace. He is credited with 72 victories, and earned the Victoria Cross (Britian's highest award). At the beginning of World War I, he joined the 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles, serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In December 1915, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, and received his pilot's certificate in 1917. Many considered him a mediocre pilot, but his extraordinary eyesight and shooting skill made him an expert shot. As the Commander of the "Flying Foxes" he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after scoring 25 victories in just 12 days. On the morning of June 2, 1917, he single-handedly attacked a German aerodrome on the Arras front, destroying 7 airplanes on the ground and shooting an additional 4 airplanes down, before having to break contact due to lack of ammunition. For this action, he was awarded the Victorian Cross. He was also awarded a Military Cross, and the Distinguished Service Order (2 awards). In 1918, he wrote a book "Winged Warfare" which detailed his exploits in the air. Bishop was also the brother-in-law of Canadian air ace Henry Burden.  (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
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  William Arthur Christian Avery Bishop (1923 - 2013)*
  Margaret Marise Willis-O'Connor (1926 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Cemetery
Owen Sound
Grey County
Ontario, Canada
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Record added: Jul 09, 2000
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Happy Birthday. Thank you for your valour and patriotism.....
- a sincere fan
 Added: Feb. 8, 2014

- Lazer
 Added: Feb. 4, 2014
Awarded to Billy BishopVictoria CrossCompanion of the Order of the BathDistinguished Service Order & BarMilitary CrossDistinguished Flying CrossCanadian Efficiency DecorationMentioned in DespatchesChevalier of the Legion of HonorCroix de Guerre with Palm ...(Read more)
- Joan Donnelly
 Added: Dec. 29, 2013
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