Personal info

  • Name: William Avery BISHOP
  • D.O.B: 8th February, 1894
  • D.O.A: 2nd June, 1917
  • D.O.D: 11th September, 1956
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, attached 60 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps

Estrourmel, France 1917.

2 June 1917

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The First World War 1917 

60th Squadron, RFC, was based at Filescamp Farm airfield, west of Arras. On 2 June 1917 Captain W A Bishop took off for a dawn raid on an enemy airfield near Cambrai. However, finding no planes on the ground there, he then attacked the German airfield at Estourmel, three miles south-east of Cambrai.

Citation

 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 a 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. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 10 August 1917. 11 August 1917, Numb. 30228, pp. 8211-12

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