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Billy Bishop

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop

Full Name: William Avery Bishop
Profession: Canadian First World War Flying Ace


Biography: The top Canadian flying ace during World War One, Billy Bishop is officially credited with 72 victories. During World War Two, he was instrumental in establishing the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

Born: February 8, 1894
Birthplace: Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: September 11, 1956 (aged 62)

Historical Events

  • 1917-03-25 Canadian flying ace Billy Bishop claims his first victory, shooting down and mortally wounding German Leutnant Theiller
  • 1917-06-02 Canadian ace Billy Bishop undertakes a solo mission behind enemy lines, shooting down three aircraft as they were about to take off and several more on the ground, for which he is awarded the Victoria Cross
  • 1918-06-01 Canadian ace Billy Bishop downs 6 aircraft over a three-day span, including German ace Paul Bilik, reclaiming his top scoring title from James McCudden

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