Billy Bishop – Canada’s first Air Force Victoria Cross recipient

A man wearing a military uniform.
Captain William A. Bishop. PHOTO: DND Archives, AH-471

Tags: | | | |

June 2 is commemorated as “Billy Bishop Day” in honour of the famous First World War ace.

On June 2, 1917, Captain William Avery “Billy” Bishop took off from Filescamp Farm, his home base with No. 60 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, near Arras in northern France, on a daring early morning mission. It was a mission planned “after much thought”, according to his own words in his book Winged Warfare, first published in 1918. Read the rest of the article . . .

Date modified: