14 December 2008

Victoria Cross: W. A. Bishop

WILLIAM AVERY BISHOP, DSO MC

Captain, Royal Flying Corps; 60 Squadron

Born: 8 February 1894, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
Died: 11 September 1956, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery, determination and skill.
Captain Bishop, who had been sent out to work independently [on 2 June 1917], 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 height 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 was very badly shot about by machine gun fire from the ground.

(London Gazette Issue 30228 dated 11 Aug 1917, published 10 Aug 1917.)

1 comment:

Brigid said...

So fitting that he gets that medal.

Thank you for sharing that.